Whether it’s medical records, blood or tissue, patients want to know if researchers may use something from them

Many members of the public want to know if their health information or samples from their bodies will be used in research or to help develop new biomedical products, a new study finds. That’s especially true if their data and biospecimens might get used by commercial companies, or if identifying information will be attached when it’s shared.

Genomic Data Commons provides unprecedented cancer data resource

The National Cancer Institute’s Genomic Data Commons (GDC), launched in 2016 by then-Vice President Joseph Biden and hosted at the University of Chicago, has become one of the largest and most widely used resources in cancer genomics, with more than 3.3 petabytes of data from more than 65 projects and over 84,000 anonymized patient cases, serving more than 50,000 unique users each month.

Sharing data for improved forest protection and monitoring

Although the mapping of aboveground biomass is now possible with satellite remote sensing, these maps still have to be calibrated and validated using on-site data gathered by researchers across the world. A newly established global database will support Earth Observation and encourage investment in relevant field-based measurements and research.