The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has joined a national consortium of research institutions that is building a library of primary human tumors with the goal of developing highly targeted cancer therapies.
In its role as a consortium member, STSI will provide solid human tumor samples to the Jackson Laboratory (JAX), which will graft them into mouse models for scientific study. STSI scientists will then have access to the models to conduct research on how to better understand and treat cancer, including the potential for tumor-specific therapies.
JAX will perform the initial genomic characterization of the tumors and will share this data with all participating institutions. STSI is an initiative of the nonprofit Scripps Health system, in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute.
JAX launched the Primary Human Tumor Consortium in 2009. Other participating institutions outside San Diego include the University of Florida, the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle and UC Davis Cancer Center.