November 30, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Mining into cancer big data

In a collaboration between three US universities, researchers are developing a new statistical method that will help the hunt through the enormous and growing piles of genomic and healthcare data to find clues about cancer. The teams, from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at

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November 28, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Digitised records use big data to highlight vaccine efficacy

There is an enormous resource of healthcare information in records going back over decades but much of it is held in unsearchable paper reports. In a huge project, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health have collected and digitized reports on infectious diseases in the United

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November 24, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics

Crowdfunding to help big data fight superbugs

As part of a collaboration between the University of Bath (UK) and Emory University (USA), researchers are looking at using big data to fight superbugs and they are hoping to fund it in a rather unusual way – through crowdfunding. In 2011, 6.7 million people died from infectious diseases according

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November 22, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Musings

Fred Sanger (1918-2013): A remarkable man and a brilliant scientist

Frederick (Fred) Sanger, the brilliant scientist and father of genomics, has died aged 95. Describing himself simply as ‘a chap who messed about in his lab’, Sanger was a double Nobel Prize winner who paved the way to modern genomics. To read more, see the xxpress PCR blog post.

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November 22, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Drug development

Digging For Big Data Gold: Data Mining As A Route To Drug Development Success

The term Big Data is on everyone’s lips, from retailers to healthcare providers. But what actually is it, and how can it help biopharma R&D? Read more, including a mention of GenoKey, in Life Science Leader

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November 06, 2013 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Big data cuts clinic visits for sore throats

A sore throat is an annoying part of winter, and it’s sometimes hard to decide whether it’s just part of a viral infection that will subside in a few days and doesn’t need a visit to the doctor, or whether it’s caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus (sometimes described as

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