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BGI Tech and South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics Initiate Collaboration to Advance Unique San Antonio 1000 Cancer Genome Project
Date:9/12/2013

r genome projects. The budget for SA1kCGP currently stands at $5 million, with approximately $1 million raised to date exclusively through community contributions.

SA1kCGP has assembled a world-class team of more than 200 San Antonio area cancer surgeons, pathologists, researchers and oncologists from numerous hospitals, most of which are local providers at community-based facilities where 90 percent of cancer care and where clinical studies occur. These hospitals are enrolling cancer patients into the research project, and collecting the tissue samples to be sequenced and analyzed. By working through this community network, referral bias (influence of disparate data source) will be avoided since the patient population will be typical of the representative cancer patient in the community, as opposed to patients in tertiary cancer centers. This increases the ability to generate large enough data sets for analysis through predicative algorithms that could ultimately explain underlying biological causes of cancer.

In contrast to past research, where sample preservation was formaldehyde based for 30 years, hematology and oncology researchers involved in SA1kCGP have agreed to change the paradigm for genomic oncology by using fresh tissue for this analysis. The logistics of obtaining fresh tissue is a major hurdle to large scale genomic research in oncology, a barrier that START has addressed by targeting community treatment centers, where 90 percent of cancer care occurs. These samples will also be available for further research in areas of RNA and protein analysis to complement the DNA sequencing.

Thrivewell Cancer Foundation, a non-profit company, is responsible for collecting and managing funds raised for SA1kCGP. To donate to SA1kCGP, contributors can go to www.thrivewell.org.

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