In a landmark move that will help to realize the promise of personalized medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the first regulatory clearance of a high-throughput DNA sequencing device. This action reflects our nation’s commitment to a future in which health-care professionals will be able to use each person’s unique genetic information to provide more precise ways of detecting, treating, and preventing disease cited Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health.
Specifically, the FDA authorized broad clinical use of Illumina MiSeq Dx, a sophisticated DNA sequencing system that traces its roots back to NIH-funded science and that, until now, has only been used for research. The availability of high-throughput DNA sequencers will enable physicians to take a comprehensive look at a patient’s genetic blueprint, or genome, to search for a wide range of variations or changes that increase risk of disease, drive the disease process, and/or affect response to medications and other treatments.
Since the last post about the opposition to the language in the First Act of 2013, a take action site has been created to contact your members of Congress and let them know you oppose the language. See the letter that was sent to Larry Bucshon, Committee on Science, Space and Technology – Subcommittee on Research and Technology from national and regional libraries.
Julia Lewis, GRC Chair
I received an F.Y.I. from Mary Langman, GRC, that the House Science Committee released a draft that split the legislation formally known as the America COMPETES Act into 2 separate pieces of legislation.
The second half called the “FIRST” bill, which deals with NSF, NIST and related agencies specifically calls for a “*2* year embargo period on articles (extensible by *another* 12 months…) and also contains explicit provisions for simply providing *links* to articles rather than requiring deposit in an approved, accessible, usable repository. Totally unacceptable, and totally out of line with any policy anywhere in the world. “ The relevant section of the draft text is 11 113 FIRST Act Discussion Draft .
Here is a copy of the Draft text Act Discussion
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