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UC Santa Cruz researchers use big data to fight cancer

SANTA CRUZ >> Until recently, if a California child with cancer failed to respond to standard therapies, doctors frequently had difficulty determining an effective next step. Now they can match cancer therapies to individual children based on the genetic characteristics of their tumors thanks to …

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UCSC genomics center awarded $11 million NIH grant

By Kara Guzman SANTA CRUZ >> The National Institutes of Health has awarded an $11 million grant to UC Santa Cruz for a new center facilitating the sharing of large amounts of genetic data. The Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics will be a …

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Alignathon: A competitive assessment of whole genome alignment methods

Multiple sequence alignments (MSAs) are a prerequisite for a wide variety of evolutionary analyses. Published assessments and benchmark datasets for protein and, to a lesser extent, global nucleotide MSAs are available, but less effort has been made to establish benchmarks in the more general problem …