New Global Cancer Databank Could Help Save Lives

New Global Cancer Databank Could Help Save Lives

A new global initiative has been launched by an Australian billionaire and philanthropist in a bid to help tackle rare and deadly forms of cancer. The Universal Cancer Databank (UCD) will allow patients with rare cancers—many of which have proven too difficult for any single country or institution to address—to share their data anonymously with researchers and other patients around the world, using individual genome sequencing and profiling. This will help connect cancer sufferers with the best treatments, while also boosting the development of new ones as scientists will be able to access the data for free. A patient donating their genomic data...

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