On the 2013 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, cruisers participated in a Fund-A-Need Auction to support the purchase of a new Ion Torrent Sequencer for Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

DNA sequencing technologies have been available for researchers for many years, but because of the high cost for the large pieces of equipment, most labs have not been able to justify such a purchase. However, Life Technologies’ Ion Torrent Sequencer provides DNA sequencing technology for a fraction of the cost in the size of a desktop computer.

We need your support to raise $250,000 for this important piece of equipment!
With this sequencer, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute can improve the treatments for cancer patients potentially improving their clinical outcomes. Furthermore, most sequencing machines available take approximately a week to process DNA samples.

The Ion Torrent Sequencer produces results in as little as a few hours, allowing physicians and researchers at the OSUCCC – James to move more quickly on more effective treatment decisions.

This technology furthers a key strategic priority for Ohio State’s the OSUCCC – James by expanding our abilities in cancer genomics research. Cancer genomics is the study of the human cancer genome. It is a search within “cancer families” and patients for the full collection of genes and mutations--both inherited and sporadic--that contribute to the development of a cancer cell and its progression from a localized cancer to one that grows uncontrolled and spreads throughout the body. (National Cancer Institute)

All donors to the 2013 fund a need who pledge support while on board the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will have the opportunity to be listed on a commemorative plaque housed near this important piece of equipment.

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The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: