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  • Posted: 10/20/2009

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Why Is It Important To Collect Genome-Wide Profiles?

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Genomic profiling provides a way to collect extensive information about individuals, analyze the profiles from many patients and their tumor(s), and use informatics to discover important differences. Researchers hope to correlate genomic profiles with known clinical factors and outcomes.

Graphic shows genetic material coming from a general population and being analyzed for the presence of a genetic variant suspected of being linked to cancer risk. An analysis team separates the population on the basis of having or lacking the suspected variant and tries to see if this variant can predict cancer risk.