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CHOP, BGI-Shenzhen to Sequence, Analyze Childhood Brain Tumors

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI-Shenzhen said today that they will collaborate to sequence and analyze pediatric brain tumor samples to support the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium.

The effort will harness resources from the BGI@CHOP Joint Genome Center, a CAP- and CLIA-certified next-gen sequencing center that the collaborators established in late 2011.

The Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium aims to provide a "deep and comprehensive view into the genetic underpinnings of these often-devastating solid tumors" by collecting, annotating, and conducting molecular analysis of children's brain tumors, CHOP said.

The CBTTC combines the resources and efforts of CHOP, where the center is housed, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.