With New Cancer Database, Biden Wants To Destroy Researcher ‘Cult Of The Individual’
Genomic Data Commons has launched with clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more to come. The project aims to bolster team science in a field that Vice President Joe Biden says tends toward researchers siloing themselves. In other news, a study finds that cancer patients are still being treated aggressively at the end of their lives.
The Washington Post:
Biden Unveils Launch Of Major, Open-Access Database To Advance Cancer Research
Vice President Biden on Monday announced the launch of a first-of-its kind, open-access cancer database to allow researchers to better understand the disease and develop more effective treatments. The Genomic Data Commons, a part of the National Cancer Institute, contains the raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more records to come as researchers contribute to it, he said. Besides detailed analyses of the molecular makeup of cancers, the database has information on which treatments were used and how patients responded. (McGinley, 6/6)
Cancer Patients Keep Getting Aggressive End-Of-Life Treatment, Despite Lack Of Benefit
Despite efforts by the professional association of oncologists to persuade physicians to treat cancer patients less aggressively at the end of their lives, that is not happening, researchers reported on Monday. (Begley, 6/6)