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The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Launches a Redesigned and Expanded Web Site

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Launches a Redesigned and Expanded Web Site

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A new and enhanced TCGA Web site features several new sections that focus on researchers and the discoveries being made through the TCGA initiative, as well as commentaries by key stakeholders and TCGA scientific leadership. The new Web site also provides the wider public with a highly accessible overview of key scientific concepts underlying genomics research and an interactive graphic explaining how the TCGA initiative works.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) began as a three-year pilot in 2006 with an investment of $50 million each from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The TCGA pilot project confirmed that an atlas of changes could be created for specific cancer types. It also showed that a national network of research and technology teams working on distinct but related projects could pool the results of their efforts, create an economy of scale and develop an infrastructure for making the data publicly accessible. Importantly, it proved that making the data freely available would enable researchers anywhere around the world to make and validate important discoveries. The success of the pilot led the National Institutes of Health to commit major resources to TCGA to collect and characterize more than 20 additional tumor types.

The TCGA data are available through the TCGA Data Portal