Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN)

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Launched in September of 2018, the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN) is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Cancer MoonshotSM initiative through which a collaborative network of Research Centers and a central Data Coordinating Center are constructing 3-dimensional atlases of the cellular, morphological, and molecular features of human cancers as they evolve from precancerous lesions to advanced disease. Across a diverse set of cancer types, these atlases aim to define critical processes and events throughout the life cycle of human cancers, such as the transition of pre-malignant lesions to malignant tumors, the progression of malignant tumors to metastatic cancer, tumor response to therapeutics, and the development of therapeutic resistance. The diverse set of cancer types under investigation include tumors that affect minority and underserved populations, tumors with a hereditary component, and highly aggressive pediatric cancers.