At the NCI's Childhood Cancer Data Initiative Symposium, speakers emphasized measures such as data harmonization and the need for longitudinal data collection.
Though some experts prefer the comprehensive nature of whole-genome sequencing, others find whole-exome sequencing or targeted exome panels to be more useful.
St. Jude investigators are sharing their WGS cancer data through the St. Jude Cloud, as well as tools and pipelines to help other researchers analyze and use it.
Combined DNA/RNA-seq efforts in various settings could lead to new ways of treating kids with drugs meant for adults or to the development of new therapies.
The actual match rate is significantly higher than the 10 percent rate the researchers anticipated they would see when the study began in 2017.
Starting with samples from an 11-year-old boy with spitzoid melanoma, researchers identified recurrent MAP3K8 fusions that may respond to MEK inhibitors.