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Professor Clare Verrill from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford has contributed to the publication of The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project.

The study, which characterised the whole genomes of 2,600 cancer patients, sheds new light on the genetic causes of cancer. The results show how far our understanding of cancer has come — and how far we still have to go.

A suite of 21 papers have come out simultaneously in Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Nature Biotech, marking the end of a collaboration of over 1300 genome scientists.

The PCAWG Consortium brought together researchers across four continents. Between them, they sequenced full genomes from more than 2,600 samples representing 38 different types of cancer.

The collection of papers, published in Nature, can be viewed here.

Read more about the project on the Nature website.