Bioinformatics from the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

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About the bioinformatics portal

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank (BCNTB) boasts its own purpose-built interoperable bioinformatics portal (BCNTBbp).1 

The ultimate goal of the BCNTBbp is to ensure that researchers are able to use all breast cancer data to their full potential, irrespective of any bioinformatics barriers.

We will provide researchers with the bioinformatics armaments they require to query, analyse and integrate findings from the literature, publically-available data, in-house data and experimental data generated using BCNTB samples.

Our research portal is dedicated to maximising research on patient tissues by storing genomics, methylomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and microRNA data that has been mined from the literature and linking to pathways and mechanisms involved in breast cancer.

In addition, the analytical component of the BCNTBbp comprises an integrated analytical layer to facilitate tailored analysis of key datasets. This allows users to pose questions not addressed in the original publications simply and efficiently. 

In our next software release, we will provide the breast cancer research community with an enhanced querying portal, and the means to access and analyse both in-house data and experimental data returned using BCNTB-provided samples.

The BCNTBbp was created as a collaboration between the Cancer Bioinformatics Unit within the Barts Cancer Institute and the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank.

1. Cutts et al. Nucleic Acids Research, 2015, Vol. 43, Database issue D831–D836.