NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Seeking to make the masses of cancer sequence data that is being generated more useful for researchers, investigators at University of California, Santa Cruz, plan to use a $3.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to create a new platform for organizing and accessing these data.

The UCSC group plans to create a method for making the raw sequence information in repositories like the university's Cancer Genomics Hub more useful for investigators seeking to make clinical predictions about how cancer mutations respond to drugs, for example.

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