All the World's a Stage: Facilitating Discovery Science and Improved Cancer Care through the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Cancer Discov. 2015 Nov;5(11):1133-6. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-15-0821.


The recent explosion of genetic and clinical data generated from tumor genome analysis presents an unparalleled opportunity to enhance our understanding of cancer, but this opportunity is compromised by the reluctance of many in the scientific community to share datasets and the lack of interoperability between different data platforms. The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is addressing these barriers and challenges through a cooperative framework that encourages "team science" and responsible data sharing, complemented by the development of a series of application program interfaces that link different data platforms, thus breaking down traditional silos and liberating the data to enable new discoveries and ultimately benefit patients.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Drug Discovery* / methods
  • Genomics* / methods
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Medical Oncology*
  • Precision Medicine / methods
  • Research