February 01, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

Using big data to forecast the flu

Understanding more about flu trends could reduce disease spread, but big data efforts have overestimated cases. Researchers at UC San Diego are working to combine traditional data sources with big data to improve the quality of prediction. Even though the flu season is generally starting to abate around now, it

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January 30, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

Major analysis of scans and DNA cracks brain’s genetic code

The brain is a very complex organ, and its structure is largely shaped by genetics. To understand more about how changes in the brain’s structure can lead to disease or alterations in behaviour, researchers analysed data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in the largest collaborative study of the brain to

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January 25, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining

Sorting noise in data to shed a light in breast cancer

Pooling gene expression data from large studies provides some incredible insights into the biology behind disease, but analyzing this kind of information can be difficult because the data is noisy. Researchers from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center have used denoising autoencoders to unpack the key information hidden in amongst all

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January 16, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining, Drug development

Mining the human genome could spot Ebola targets

The Ebola virus causes a serious and often fatal infection, and has led to around 20,700 cases and over 8000 deaths in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. US researchers have been mining into the human genome to see if they can find clues there to target

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December 21, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Data analytics, Data mining, Musings

Have yourself a data mining Christmas

Christmas is coming up fast, and we at the GenoKey blog wish you data mining Season’s Greetings for the festive time of the year. Data mining your Christmas dinner Are you making your own Christmas dinner this year? Potatoes and greens are important parts of the feast.Spud DB includes datasets

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December 20, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data

A fashion for big data

As a little bit of festive fun, here is some news from the fashion world. According to Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, big data can be used to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how these style trends move

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December 16, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Musings

DNA-themed Christmas gifts

It’s that time of the year when you are looking for Christmas gifts for the scientist in your life. Have a look at this post on xxpress PCR for some great DNA-themed ideas.

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December 15, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

Mining Twitter data opens a window on mental health

Social media generates a lot of information every day, from pictures of cats to discussions of science and politics. However, it can also been used to monitor outbreaks of disease, including infectious diseases such as flu and the winter vomiting virus. In some of the latest reports on the medical

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December 07, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining, Drug development

Data links gene to tamoxifen resistance

The hormone treatment tamoxifen is used to treat estrogen receptor-alpha (ER) positive breast cancers and to prevent their recurrence, but the lack of response in some tumors is an unmet medical need. Through data mining, researchers have made a link between the resistance and overexpression of a gene, MACROD2, which

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November 30, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Drug development

Using bioinformatics to create cancer vaccines

Biologists, immunologists and computational bioinformaticians have worked together to find protein mutations on cancer cells that could lead to new personalised vaccines. The research has been published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. As cancer cells mutate, they create new proteins on their surface that could be targets for vaccines;

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