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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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New informatics tool makes the most of genomic data

The rise of genomics, the shift from considering genes singly to collectively, is adding a new dimension to medical care; biomedical researchers hope to use the information contained in human genomes to make better predictions about individual health, including responses to therapeutic drugs. A new computational tool developed through a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic combines multiple types of genomic information to make stronger predictions about what genomic features are associated with specific drug responses.

Cutting Big Data Down to a Usable Size

Next generation DNA sequencing technologies have turned the vision of precision medicine into a plausible reality, but also threaten to overwhelm computing infrastructures with unprecedented volumes of data.  A recent $1.3M award from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Illinois and Stanford to help address this challenge by developing novel data compression strategies.

Harnessing the Power of Big Data: A Revolution in Genomic Data Analysis

Internet search engines like Google allow us to search and parse the collective knowledge of the world—they anticipate the user’s questions, remember preferences, deliver information quickly and clearly.  Why can’t researchers trying to discover the most effective disease treatment employ the same analytical power to the knowledge discovery challenges of their work?

Illinois, Mayo Clinic Collaborate to Revolutionize Genomic Data Analysis

Today’s researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data—much more, in fact, than many of them have the tools to properly analyze, or the capacity to store.  In 2012, the National Institutes of Health created the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative to enable efforts to harness the potential of this flood of information.  As part of the first wave of BD2K funding, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and

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