One year after the launch of its Precision Medicine Initiative, the Obama administration on Thursday announced key steps the federal government is taking to accelerate the effort to map the genomes of 1 million Americans and make the data available to researchers.

Speaking at a PMI Summit at the White House, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, called the landmark longitudinal study of 1 million or more U.S. volunteers the “largest, most ambitious research project of this sort ever undertaken,” with the goal of enrolling 79,000 cohort participants by the end of 2016.

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