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NHGRI Offers Access to Cancer Sequencing Data

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute is granting access to datasets from cancer sequencing projects through open-access and controlled-access programs, NHGRI said yesterday.
Researchers will be able to access controlled information from the Medical Sequencing Program by downloading individual-level genotype and assembled DNA-sequence data, NHGRI said.
Most of the data in the open category are available through the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Bioinformatics. DNA sequences may be accessed through the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s trace archive.
NHGRI also said it is partnering with the National Cancer Institute on a “comprehensive cancer genome characterization effort,” called the Cancer Genome Atlas and that procedures to access individual-level data for that program will be announced separately. 
NHGRI’s Medical Sequencing Program also is supporting investigations of other diseases besides cancer, and data from those studies may be found in the NCBI’s Genotype and Phenotype database.

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