Microsoft’s New Goal: “Solve” Cancer

Today, Microsoft announced an audacious new goal: its researchers will attempt to “solve” cancer by treating the disease group as information processing systems that can be modeled and reasoned, and then use sophisticated analysis tools to better understand and treat cancer. “At Microsoft’s research labs around the world, computer scientists, programmers, engineers and other experts are trying to use computer science to solve one of the most complex and deadly challenges humans face: Cancer.” Microsoft’s Allison Linn writes in a new post to Microsoft Stories. “And, for the most part, they are doing so with algorithms and computers instead of test tubes and beakers.” Yes, Microsoft’s research labs are hard at work on tough computer science problems too. Linn notes efforts from system design and security to quantum computing and…


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