At the Beyond the Genome conference this week, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute researcher Nidhi Bindal presented a report on the institute's COSMIC tool — a Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. COSMIC is a data-mining and discovery tool that focuses on cancer mutations that are sporadic or due to environmental factors. It curates somatic mutation data from trusted resources, combines the information into one database, and provides researchers with a varied range of analysis tools, Bindal said.

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