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May 6, 2016

Sharing Genomic Data

In an effort to move to the next stage of genomic research big data, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established a new genomic data commons: https://gds.nih.gov/. 

All investigators can access this site to query genomics data across large populations. This will take you beyond The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and like databases, and will include data from National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) trials.

Over time we and other NCI-designated cancer centers will be asked to assure that our data, especially NIH funding, is uploaded. We will be developing efforts to facilitate this. This will rapidly explode the amount of genomic information available for your research efforts. In addition, the NCI is encouraging universal consent of cancer patients so their data can be uploaded.

Thanks for your review and use of this resource. More about the Genomic Data Commons is available on the NCI website.