Data Sources

The GDC appreciates data donations from the following organizations:

Data Donated Organizations

Donated Genomic Data for Cancer Research

Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) is a molecular information company that specializes in precision medicine. FMI has generated genomic profiles for thousands of cancer patients, which are designed to match each patient to a personalized treatment plan.

The GDC provides access to several supported cancer research programs including TCGA, TARGET, and other contributing programs.

Cancer Research Programs

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), aims to generate comprehensive, multi-dimensional maps of the key genomic changes in major types and subtypes of cancer. TCGA has analyzed matched tumor and normal tissues from 11,000 patients, allowing for the comprehensive characterization of 33 cancer types and subtypes, including 10 rare cancers.

Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments (TARGET)

TARGET is the collaborative effort of a large, diverse consortium of extramural and NCI investigators. The goal of the effort is to accelerate molecular discoveries that drive the initiation and progression of hard-to-treat childhood cancers. and facilitate rapid translation of those findings into the clinic.

Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) (Available on the Legacy Archive)

CCLE is a collaboration between the Broad Institute, the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. CCLE researchers will conduct a detailed genetic and pharmacologic characterization of a large panel of human cancer models, develop an integrated computational analyses that link distinct pharmacologic vulnerabilities to genomic patterns, and translate cell line integrative genomics into cancer patient stratification.

Cancer Genome Characterization Initiatives (CGCI) (Coming Soon!)

The CGCI program supports cutting-edge genomics research of adult and pediatric cancers. CGCI investigators develop and apply advanced sequencing methods that examine genomes, exomes, and transcriptomes within various types of tumors.

Other Contributing Programs

Data from other supported programs is submitted to the GDC in standard data formats through the GDC Data Submission Pipeline. As the GDC continues to provide support for new programs of diverse cancer types, please refer to the lists of programs and associated cancer types in the following:

Collaborating with GDC

The GDC encourages data sharing in support of precision medicine. Tools are provided to guide data submissions, however, for more information contact the GDC Help Desk:

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