Initiative could lead to tailored medical treatment

January 31, 2015 3:54 PM

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WASHINGTON — Saying that “the possibilities are boundless,” President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on 1 million Americans so that scientists could develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual patients.

Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said the studies would help doctors decide which treatments would work best for which patients.

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