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Bay Area Job Watch

Last week the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released revised job estimates for 2015 along with new data for January 2016. Here are the highlights: The Bay Area Outpaced the State and Nation in Job …

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Liquid Biopsies

  “Thankfully next generation sequencing is so sensitive if you sequence the same fragment of DNA thousands and thousands of times, you will find that tumor’s specific DNA. And almost all of the cases in …

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The Genomics of HIV and Cancer

“Everybody’s virus was sequenced and then the relation between that sequence and the responsiveness to drugs was built, which then allowed to us to build regiments that had higher likelihood of success and then in …

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The Big Data Explosion

“It isn’t all about the “omics” in precision medicine. Unless you have the clinical context that sits around these samples, then it’s actually of very limited value. What I mean by that is you need …

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The Clinical Utility of Precision Medicine

“I’m delighted that we have had a huge success in breast cancer and have moved to colon cancer and prostate cancer. We really just have to do better, though, before I would say, ‘we are …

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Precision Medicine in the Community Hospital Setting

“We need to optimize our SOPs at the beginning, we need to have transparency with our oncologists, and our pathologists, and the diagnostics labs all of this needs to be done, which is improvement upstream …

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Vision and Strategies for California’s Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine

“For precision medicine we are thinking beyond cancer, really thinking about the opportunity with asthma, obesity, diabetes, really broadly. That ends up bringing more types of data that we need to be thinking about interoperability.” …

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Precision Medicine and Infectious Disease

“The problem with precision medicine and sequencing a patient that has often been leveled at us is that you can’t do it fast. Are you going to sequence them and give me the results a …

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Caribbean Vacations and Quality of Life

“If you were just diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer of the squamous variety five years ago your life expectancy was 12 to 14 months, but here it is four years later and she still has …

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A New Definition of Cancer

“One of the things we also got is a new definition of cancer and that is the importance of genomics. We are moving cancer from an 1850s definition that involved histology, to a 21st century …

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To Prevent Displacement, Build Places

There are a lot of arguments about displacement in the Bay Area and whether the best strategy is to build more housing or to attempt to control what type of housing is built (e.g. affordable …

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Bay Area Connections Key to Economic Growth

Facebook has now become the fourth most valuable company in the world at $330 billion joining two Bay Area neighbors—Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet—along with Microsoft at the peak of the economic mountain. The path …

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