CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – A three-year-old project at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle has successfully applied a data visualization tool to all 32 data sets in the Cancer Genome Atlas.
Now, the developers are preparing to release a version suitable for clinical applications. Later this year, expect an update that produces 3D visualizations compatible with commercially available virtual reality headsets.
Called Oncoscape, this interactive, open-source platform is kind of an “experimental sandbox” for visualizing large sets of clinical and molecular data, according to its creator, Eric Holland, Hutchinson’s director of human biology.
Hutchinson, led by Holland, started developing Oncoscape in 2014 and released version 1.0 to the open-source community about a year and a half ago. The most recent release, version 2.0, came about three months ago.
A 2016 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that Oncoscape was successful in helping researchers discover tumor clusters based on gene sequencing, expression, and DNA methylation. “Our methods are generally applicable to all diseases and provide an intuitive means for physicians and bench scientists to work directly with ‘big’ biomedical data,” Holland and two Hutchinson colleagues wrote.
Another article, published last month in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications, confirmed the