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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