Researchers seek patterns in massive cancer genome database

04/20/2010 | Nature News

Overlapping pathways and low-frequency mutations in tumor genomes, as well as different privacy regulations in collaborators' countries, are just some of the challenges facing researchers in the International Cancer Genome Consortium. The ICGC is coordinating efforts in 11 countries to sequence the genomes of 500 tumors each of 50 cancers. Researchers hope the data will reveal so-called driver mutations for which treatments can be targeted.

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