US Space Agency Technologies to Help Fight Cancer

The institute first partnered with NASA some 15 years ago, and the biomedical research collaborative yielded fruit. Algorithms used by JPL to recognize astrophysical similarities between stars, planets and galaxies proved to be applicable to the exploration of common chemical or genetic signatures related to specific cancers. With the help of JPL, the NCI-supported Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) identified six new Food and Drug Administration-approved biomarkers needed to root out cancer. Those biomarkers have now been used in over a million patient diagnostic tests around the globe. Established in 2000, EDRN has struggled with a lack of data uniformity. But now NASA’s decades-long experience in codifying, storing and distributing the data transmitted from spacecraft will assist the network in organizing its research. By applying NASA technology, EDRN will be able to compile their collective findings into a standardized, searchable data network for scientists around the globe, paving the way for early diagnosis of cancer…


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