Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer

In this Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Anaheim, Calif. Biden’s summer of uncertainty is turning into a fall of indecision, creating doubts about whether he could still be a serious candidate for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is unveiling a public database for clinical data on cancer that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.

The White House says Biden will announce the Genomic Data Commons during a visit on Monday to the University of Chicago. The database is housed within the National Cancer Institute and starts with genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients.

The system is designed to increase sharing of information about the gene sequences of tumors and how patients with those tumors responded to specific treatments. The White House says it’s easily searchable and includes protections for privacy and security.

Biden says data sharing is critical for speeding up the development of treatments that can save lives.
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