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Arizona Organizations Collaborate on Cancer Genome Atlas Project

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and the University of Arizona Cancer Center announced today they will be collaborating with the International Genomics Consortium to serve as a critical network Tissue Source Site for the Cancer Genome Atlas Program.

As a Tissue Source Site, the three partners will provide cancer tissues for analysis as part of TCGA. The Piper Cancer Center and UA Cancer Center will provide tissue samples under uniform and standardized conditions and collect specific long-term clinical outcome data for research into the underlying mechanisms of cancer.

IGC's Expression Project for Oncology is working with TCGA to hasten understanding of the molecular basis of cancer through applications of genomic technologies, including large-scale genome sequencing.

In September, the Phoenix-based not-for-profit medical research foundation was awarded a five-year stimulus grant for up to $37.5 million to manage biospecimens and samples for TCGA.

Separate from its work for TCGA, IGC plans to keep a portion of each sample it provides to TCGA to accelerate translational discoveries.

Financial and other terms of the alliance announced today were not disclosed.

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