ICGC Goal: To obtain a comprehensive description of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic changes in 50 different tumor types and/or subtypes which are of clinical and societal importance across the globe.

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  • 3/February/2014 - The ICGC Data Coordination Center (DCC) is pleased to announce ICGC data portal data release 15 (http://dcc.icgc.org).

    ICGC data release 15 in total comprises data from 10,067 cancer genomes.


  • Currently, the ICGC has received commitments from funding organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America for 71 project teams in 17 jurisdictions to study over 25,000 tumor genomes. Projects that are currently funded are examining tumors affecting: the biliary tract, bladder, blood, bone, brain, breast, cervix, colon, eye, head and neck, kidney, liver, lung, nasopharynx, oral cavity, ovary, pancreas, prostate, rectum, skin, soft tissues, stomach, thyroid and uterus. The genomic analyses of tumors conducted by ICGC members in Australia (ovarian and pancreatic cancer), Canada (pancreatic and prostate cancer), China (kidney cancer), France (liver and kidney cancer), Germany (blood, brain and prostate cancer), India (oral cancer), Japan (liver cancer), Saudi Arabia (thyroid cancer), Spain (blood cancer), the UK (blood, bone, breast, and esophageal cancer) and the USA (bladder, blood, brain, breast, cervical, colon, head and neck, kidney, liver, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, skin, stomach, thyroid and uterine cancer) are now available through the Data Coordination Center housed on the ICGC website at www.icgc.org.
  • Cover of Nature 464 International network of cancer genome projects. Nature 464, 993-998 (15 April 2010)

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About ICGC

The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has been organized to launch and coordinate a large number of research projects that have the common aim of elucidating comprehensively the genomic changes present in many forms of cancers that contribute to the burden of disease in people throughout the world.

The primary goals of the ICGC are to generate comprehensive catalogues of genomic abnormalities (somatic mutations, abnormal expression of genes, epigenetic modifications) in tumors from 50 different cancer types and/or subtypes which are of clinical and societal importance across the globe and make the data available to the entire research community as rapidly as possible, and with minimal restrictions, to accelerate research into the causes and control of cancer. The ICGC facilitates communication among the members and provides a forum for coordination with the objective of maximizing efficiency among the scientists working to understand, treat, and prevent these diseases.

ICGC Cancer Genome Projects

Committed projects to date: 71

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