President Obama Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama announcing the Precision Medicine Initiative
Friday, January 30, 2015

Today President Obama announced an ambitious new research effort on precision medicine (sometimes called “personalized medicine”), representing a major expansion of genomic medicine and informatics. The Precision Medicine Initiative will gather genetic data from one million people to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery related to disease prevention and treatment. This type of research is possible because of increasingly fast, inexpensive and widely-available tools for genetic sequencing, but the collection of so much personal data raises important privacy concerns