GSR: Privacy Policy

Purpose of features requesting addition of new simulators and requesting changes of descriptions for existing simulators

The purpose of the simulator features are to allow users of genetic simulators and/or the GSR website to request the addition of a new or updated simulator, or modifying contents or feature descriptions for existing simulators (those resources already catalogued in the website). This will allow users of the website to provide feedback, suggest additional simulations, and ensure GSR is as accurate and up to date as possible. We encourage users of GSR to review the website and descriptions of the simulators and to provide feedback.

How these features work

All requests for new simulators and requests for content updates to existing simulators will be reviewed by a moderator.

The addition of new simulators will depend on appropriateness of inclusion within the resource. Simulators must simulate genetic markers, haploid and diploid DNA sequences and RNA and protein sequences of the human genome. Simulators without an accessible web page or download link and those that are designed solely for teaching purposes and are limited in their ability to simulate usable genetic data will not be included. In addition, we will exclude simulators that have been replaced by newer or updated simulators from the same authors.

All requests for new simulators or modifications to existing simulators will be reviewed to ensure their adherence to the GSR policy regarding content below. In addition, requests for modification of descriptions of simulators will be sent to simulator authors for review.

Policy regarding content

We expect the simulator to be relevant to genetic simulation and that participants treat each other with respect. We will not post material that:

  • Are clearly off topic.
  • Contain phone numbers or email addresses.
  • Contain vulgar, profane, or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; inappropriate religious, sexual, political, or racial references; unsupported accusations.
  • Endorse commercial products, services or entities.
  • Endorse political parties, candidates, or groups.
  • Infringe on copyrights.
  • Solicit funds.

If you have questions about cancer or cancer treatment, or need clinical trial information, please contact NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1‐800‐4‐CANCER (1‐800‐422‐6237), or visit for official information from NCI.

Reporters are asked to send questions to the NCI Office of Media Relations ( and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporters’ questions will not be posted or answered.

Frequency of simulator additions and modifications

Your suggestions are welcome at any time. However, moderating and implementation will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Suggested additions or modifications submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as soon as possible.


The GSR Web site does not gather personal information about you other than what you choose to post yourself.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will not share or sell any personal information obtained from users with any other organization or government agency except as required by law.

Some information is collected and stored automatically when you visit the NCI web site. Please see our complete Privacy and Security policy (

Linking and disclaimer of endorsement

This site includes useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are solely for our users' information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside Web site, you are leaving the GSR site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside Web site. NCI does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked web site.

NCI does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked web sites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

NCI does not guarantee that outside web sites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

The posted comments on the GSR site do not necessarily reflect those of the NCI or of the federal government.


NCI and the GSR cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site.

Those who provide comments that include materials they do not own are responsible for obtaining any necessary copyright clearances for those materials.