All posts by Amy E. Blum, M.A.

Turning big data into cancer research insights with the Genomic Data Commons

Lab Genomic data gives researchers enormous power to uncover how genomic changes drive cancer formation, metastasis, drug response, and recurrence. However, one of the challenges of identifying genetic abnormalities is that the cancer “drivers,” which promote tumor growth, naturally occur in a long-tail distribution. This means that many patients with cancer have causal genomic changes that only occur in a very small percentage of cancers. Characterizing these rare events requires big data.

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