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Health Agencies Update
August 22/29, 2017

Open Access Data Tool for Cancer Research

JAMA. 2017;318(8):689. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11202

The National Cancer Institute recently unveiled a new web interface for exploring cancer genomic data online, in real time, without the need to download or process the data.

The interface, referred to as Data Analysis, Visualization, and Exploration Tools (DAVE), is intended to be used as an analytic resource for cancer researchers that complements the NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC) launched by the agency in 2016.

Since its introduction, GDC has gathered and harmonized more than 4.5 petabytes of diverse cancer genomic data, and the NCI hopes that scientists worldwide will apply DAVE’s pattern-recognition and other skills to mine this vast storehouse of information.