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Project to decode genomes in cancer samples promises new treatments

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2149 (Published 19 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2149
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    Scientists from across the globe have launched a collaboration to decode the genomes from 25 000 samples of cancer cells, which will then be made freely available to researchers, it was announced last week.

    Organisations in 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, and the United States, and two European consortiums are conducting cancer genome projects under the umbrella of the International Cancer Genome Consortium. The consortium describes the latest venture as “one of the most ambitious biomedical research efforts since the human genome project.”

    The consortium, which is open to new members, will help to coordinate current and future large scale projects to understand the genomic changes in cancer, once thought of …

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