A Data Sharing Renaissance: Music to My Ears!

When world famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, visited the NIH campus, he shared a story from the history of music, in which the peak of stringed instrument quality occurred in the late 17th century at a time of great collaboration and sharing of knowledge. When instrument makers began to compete, all of that changed: secrets of craftsmanship were held close and the quality of instruments plummeted. This decline lasted, according to Ma, until the 20th century, when again the free-flow of knowledge resumed. NIH Director Francis Collins noted, “There’s a lesson here about science.”
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Expanding the Impact of Genomic Data

Genomic research produces incredibly large amounts of valuable data, often more than one lab can feasibly interrogate. Every day, genomic sequencing costs decrease, and high-throughput technologies advance, allowing scientists to generate large-scale genomic data faster than before. Thus the sharing of these data not only is practical and efficient, it also maximizes the scientific potential of valuable data. This is why it’s important for you to know about the release of the final NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy. Continue reading

NIH and the Lacks Family Announce a HeLa Genome Data Sharing and Use Agreement

In 1951, biomedical research took a leap forward when it was announced that cancer cells taken from a patient, Henrietta Lacks, could not only be grown in a lab, but also grown in perpetuity, creating the first immortal human cell line. This cell line – “HeLa” – is the most widely used human cell line to this day. However, at the time …. Continue reading