South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics, or START, and BGI Tech kicked off a project last week that aims to sequence at least 1,000 and potentially up to 10,000 cancer genomes from patients at primary diagnosis and correlate the genomic alterations with extensive clinical outcome data about the patients' drug regimen and disease progression.

The goal of the project is to aid cancer drug development by identifying both new targets as well as gaining a better understanding of response and resistance to existing drugs.

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