Today, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announced a joint Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. This project aims to sequence tumor and normal genomes from over 600 pediatric cancer patients over three years. There is a press conference today (right now) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (click on the 10 a.m. item in the DayBook on the left-hand side of the page). St. Jude's will be supplying the tissue samples and The Genome Center will be doing all of the whole-genome sequencing on the samples. Genomic analysis will be done jointly between WU and St. Jude's. It's an ambitious project and personally I am very excited to be a part of it. You can find more coverage of the project in the press at the WU NewsRoom, GenomeWeb, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Memphis' The Commercial Appeal, KWMU (local NPR station), CBC, and the St. Louis Business Journal. You can find video interviews with some of the principles on the project's multimedia web site.

Update: I have added links to press coverage as it has become available (and will continue to do so).