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The latest example of how collaborative data sharing enables new discoveries. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Pan-Cancer project involved more than 250 collaborators from 30 different institutions who collected a common standardised dataset of 12 types of cancer assayed for both genomic and epigenomic features. The dataset was shared with the entire pan-cancer project through the cloud platform Synapse which provided a collaborative environment for data analysis.

The effort resulted in four Open Access papers published in Nature Genetics, and the collaboration is summarised in this editorial:

The Cancer Genome Atlas – Understanding genomics to improve cancer care