The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has made a significant investment in the Genomic Data Commons (GDC) which already possesses robust analytical and visualization tools. There is a sizeable amount of genomic and phenotypic information relevant to pediatric malignancies currently residing in the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP). The NCI could play a role in ensuring that data in dbGaP is made available through the GDC. Subsequently, data analysis would not be limited to researchers who possess and maintain in-house analytical and visualization tools. NCI's efforts to expedite the process of requesting access to dbGaP data would incentivize investigators' use of the GDC and in turn foster research.
Idea No. 977