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Accessing Genomic Data

The GDC Data Portal is a groundbreaking tool that enables a better understanding of cancer biology by allowing researchers to:

  • Search and query genomic data
  • Download data directly from the web browser or download large volumes of data using the high performance GDC Data Transfer Tool
  • Analyze cancer data including clinical information, genomic characterization data, and high level sequence analysis of the tumor genomes

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Data Access Tools

The GDC provides web-based tools and API endpoints for searching, viewing and downloading data as well as client tools for downloading large volumes of data.

Controlled Data Access Policy

Any user requesting access to GDC controlled data must apply for access to the data through the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP):

High Quality Datasets

The GDC obtains datasets from NCI programs which maintain tissue collection strategies that couple quantity with quality. Data validation is performed on all data submitted to the GDC.

What’s New with the GDC and Cancer Research

Cancer Research Highlights and Publications:

From the GDC FAQ

Why do some projects with WGS structural variant data have BEDPE files and some projects do not?

Generally any WGS data should have associated structural variant files (BEDPE) except in the cases in which either there are no tumor/normal matches or when variant calling has not been implemented yet.

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Need help with data retrieval, download, or submission?

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