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Stencila – an office suite for reproducible research

Michael Aufreiter, Aleksandra Pawlik, Nokome Bentley, 10 July 2018

This blog post was originally published on the eLife Sciences website.

Stencila is an open source office suite designed for researchers. It allows the authoring of interactive, data-driven publications in visual interfaces, similar to those in conventional office suites, but is built from the ground up for reproducibility.

Stencila article and sheet

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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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