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C-TASC Launches Online Database to Make Gene Data More Accessible to Researchers


By Turna Ray

Clinical Trials & Surveys Corporation this week announced it would make available online raw and processed gene data for use by clinical researchers.

Under its new program, C-TASC will accept gene data from investigators in either raw or processed format, and upload it to an online, searchable database, called StudyCTMS, which will be accessible to all researchers. Investigators can search the database and request to use the samples in their studies.

C-TASC's new offering is part of its Biorepository Management System, a program to streamline the collection, storage, and distribution of clinical trial specimens.

The Maryland-based clinical trials solutions firm currently manages the biorepositories of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Lung Tissue Research Consortium, which is one of the nation’s largest collections of tissue and medical data, which researchers can search and request samples for analysis. "Now, in addition to tissue samples, scans and clinical data, the subjects’ anonymized raw and processed gene data will also be available, allowing investigators to expand upon their research," the company said in a statement.

“As clinical research trends more towards personalized medicine, the clinical trials and studies of the future will require genetic data," said C-TASC President Bruce Thompson in a statement. "This technology provides a linkage between clinical data, gene data, specimens, and images allowing the user to run queries on subject populations and complete online requests for all materials required for their research."

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