Three Indianapolis hospital systems announced today their participation in a ground-breaking national project that could yield countless insights into better ways to prevent, diagnosis and treat cancers. Franciscan St. Francis Health, St. Vincent Health, and Community Health Network are among 14 sites across the country collecting tissue samples from cancer patients for The Cancer Genome Atlas project. Researchers will then analyze each cancer’s genetic information and make the data available online for any scientist in an attempt to learn the disease’s secrets to success. Over the next five years, the $275 million project aims to collect samples from more than 10,000 patients. Scientists at Phoenix’s International Genomics Consortium will sequence the genomic information from 500 tumors for each of the 20 most common cancers.
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