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Major grant funds UCSC researchers using big data to predict cancer outcomes
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Despite some successes, predicting cancer outcomes based on the molecular signatures in cancer cells remains a major challenge. A new effort, funded by the National Cancer Institute and led by researchers at the UC Santa Cruz, aims to clear several key roadblocks that have stymied progress in this field. The $3.5 million project will use the latest in “big data” technology to bridge the gap between the petabytes of raw genomic data in centralized repositories like UCSC’s Cancer Genomics Hub and the higher levels of interpretive information that can lead to clinically useful predictions, such as which drugs are most effective against tumors with certain mutations.