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Cancer Research UK participates in ICGC

Thursday 14 July 2011

Cancer Research UK is participating in the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), helping to build the largest ever map of the genomic changes that drive 50 different tumour and/or subtypes types.

ICGC will produce vast amounts of genetic information, and this 'blueprint for cancer' will fuel the search for better, more personalised treatments for the millions of people worldwide who are diagnosed with the disease every year.

Cancer Research UK is leading on a project to map the faults in oesophageal cancer, and jointly leading on a prostate cancer project with the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer Canada.

Understanding the genetic faults that drive these cancers will give clues for new, more targeted ways to treat patients and save more lives.

See Strategic initiatives for more information about Cancer Research UK's involvement in ICGC.  Alternatively, read our Science Update Blog for the plain English version.

Updated: 14 July 2011