Researchers nationwide have reached a major milestone in describing the genetic landscape of cancer. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and other institutions have completed the genetic sequencing and analyses of more than 11,000 tumors from patients, spanning 33 types of cancer -- all part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, funded by the National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute. The Circos plot shows the 299 genes identified as drivers of cancer and summarizes many other pieces of data from TCGA. Briefly, the outer text in blue indicates different cancer types. The predicted driver genes unique to that cancer type are listed in black text. The top right section shows all genes found to be important in multiple cancer types.