Collaborating in Real Time: Sage Bionetworks' Open Software Platform Enables First Round of Collaborative Cancer Projects on Large Genomic Data Sets

Published: Sep 27, 2013

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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four open access papers issued in Nature Genetics today highlight the benefits of making large biomedical research data sets open as a community resource and equipped with cloud-based tools that facilitate rapid learning and future discovery. The papers report on the genetic profiles of 12 cancer types, describe the collaborative approach taken by The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Pan-Cancer Project researchers and highlight the new bioinformatics tools that Sage Bionetworks provided to the effort. TCGA includes 250 researchers spread across 30 institutions and running a total of 60 different research projects, all affiliated with the same set of nearly 2000 biomedical data files covering 12 different cancer types. For the duration of the Pan-Cancer project, TCGA members agreed to pilot Synapse (, Sage Bionetworks’ software platform, for managing the myriad interdependencies of these projects and for facilitating the sharing and evolving of data and findings in real time.

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