NCI to open research grid to cancer patient ‘army’

The National Cancer Institute has developed Web-based tools that could give cancer researchers collaborating over the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) access to hundreds of thousands of new patients to study.

The National Cancer Institute has developed Web-based tools that could give cancer researchers collaborating over the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) access to hundreds of thousands of new patients to study.

Using the technology, the cancer-fighting agency hopes to tap an army of 1 million women now being recruited for a national breast cancer population study…

The Web-based application lets researchers form and maintain large breast cancer disease databases. Thousands of users will be able to access the database simultaneously to review and edit personal oncology information using just their Web browser. NCI will add related studies to the Web site to enrich the available information.

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