India's contribution to the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) project will be to provide data on oral cancer. This is because oral cancers number about 30 per cent of cancers found in males in the country.
"The comprehensive information could provide molecular targets for the drug discovery programmes and help in designing molecular medicine," said Dr.Rita Mulherkar, the President of the Indian Association of Cancer Research (IACR). "We have already started collecting surgical tissues and bio-specimens in the Bio-repository at ACTREC."
The cancer genome project will help find biomakrkers for various cancers and thus help in early diagnosis and treatment of the same. The ten members of the ICGC include Australia, Canada, China, France, European Commission, India, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.