Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

ICGC starts to deliver cancer results.

The International Cancer Genome Consortium aims to speed up cancer research by sequencing the 50 most common types of cancer, with 500+ variations (genomes) for each, and making this library available on-line to the public and researchers.

Initial results have been released by Australia and Canada (pancreas), the UK (breast), China (gastric) and Japan (liver).

World-wide teams are – Fance (breast, liver, kidney), US (brain, colon, leukemia, lung, ovaries), India (mouth), Australia (ovaries), Germany (child brain), Italy (pancreas).

Professor Andrew Biankin noted an early key benefit in the Australian effort on pancreatic cancer – “Already we know for sure that real cancer looks substantially different from the cell lines we’ve been using in the lab.”

Another is personalised treatment. Pancreatic cancer kills quickly, so going through a second or third treatment when the first fails can be replaced by getting a tumour sample sequence and looking up the best treatment on the ICGC database.

Click here for the ICGC website, its news release, and the cancer database.


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Andrew Biankin, Breast cancer, Cancer, Genetics, Glioblastoma, International Cancer Genome Consortium, Liver disease

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