OncoArray Network Accepting New Members
The OncoArray Network encompasses a group of disease-based consortia interested in gaining new insights into the genetic architecture and mechanisms underlying breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers.
To pursue this goal, they have partnered with Illumina in designing a new chip, the OncoArray, which includes approximately 570,000 single nucleotide polymorphism markers (SNPs); a backbone of approximately 260,000 SNPs providing genome-wide coverage of most common variants; fine-mapping markers for loci of interest identified for breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal, lung, and other cancers; fine mapping of known susceptibility regions; and loci of interest to multiple cancer types (including loci associated with cancer- related phenotypes, drug metabolism, and radiation response).
Additionally, SNPs relating to quantitative phenotypes such as body mass index (BMI), height, and breast density that correlate with common cancer risks are also included. The OncoArray Network will process more than 400,000 samples of cancer cases and controls. Because of its high-density genotyping and fine mapping, this project offers an unprecedented opportunity to determine causal variants in known loci and to identify new and rarer variants.
The OncoArray Network welcomes additional members, including investigators studying other diseases. Members can gain access to the SNP-limited annotation list and must agree to abide by the Network's internal data-sharing policies and publication guidelines.View the membership application form here.
The OncoArray Network is funded in part by grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Genome Canada, Cancer U.K., the European Union; and others.
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