NASA’s Space Exploration Techniques Will Aid Cancer Research

NASA’s space research techniques have inspired advanced cancer research. On Sept. 6, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has renewed its research partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), extending the development of data science supporting cancer research until 2021. Advertisement JPL scientists have been using complex machine learning algorithms to “read” data from NASA’s spacecraft and distribute them to scientists across the globe. This big data technique allows scientists to identify similarities among galaxies, stars and planets that might be overlooked, NASA officials said. For the past 15 years, these techniques have been revolutionizing biomedical research. Using similar methods, medical professionals are able to analyze cancer biomarkers, as well as common chemical or genetic signatures related to specific cancers, which could lead to early cancer detection. The NCI-supported Early Detection…


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