Using TARGET Data


Harmonized TARGET Data Released in the NCI GDC Data Portal

The NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC) includes the data that the TARGET project has created. GDC harmonizes TARGET data using GDC alignment and variant calling pipelines and makes the harmonized data available in the GDC Data Portal.

The GDC applies multiple variant calling pipelines for the somatic variant calls in the Variant Call Format (VCF) and aggregates the mutations for each sample in the Mutations Annotation Format (MAF). TARGET genes and mutations can be visualized in GDC Exploration Tools. Additional details on TARGET data are available in the GDC Data Release Notes.

To learn more about the GDC, please visit the GDC Web Site or attend a GDC Webinar.


The TARGET Initiative produces large-scale genomic data for a set of pediatric cancers and provides the research community access to those data. The goal for broadly sharing TARGET data is to facilitate the discovery of therapeutic targets for childhood cancers and catalyze the translation of these discoveries into clinical applications.

Learn how to search and download TARGET data by reading the sections below.

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Last updated: May 14, 2021