The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has grown and matured over the 12 years since its original designation as a Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, which was followed by an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation in 2015. Our clinical operations have expanded with new faculty and programs, and we moved into our new clinical space on the McNair campus in January 2019. Our research portfolio has grown dramatically to more than $180 million in annual cancer relevant research funding today from less than $100 million in 2007. These amazing accomplishments were made possible by the transformational gift in 2006 from Dan L Duncan and his family, who we owe a great debt of gratitude, and by our outstanding faculty and staff.
Mechanisms in Cancer Evolution Program: Damagenome
In a groundbreaking approach to sequencing DNA, a team of researchers led by a Mechanisms in Cancer Evolution lab at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered most cancers are not caused by mutations, as previously thought. Rather, disease and in particular cancer tumors are more frequently caused by DNA Damage. In the research published in Science Advances, Baylor College of Medicine researchers developed a single-cell whole-genome sequencing method.