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Australia s Peter Mac, NICTA to Collaborate on Array Data Analysis

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (GenomeWeb News) - Australia's Peter MacCallum Cancer Center and National Information and Communications Technology Agency are working together to develop new microarray data analysis software, NICTA said last week.


Researchers from the Melbourne, Australia-based cancer center will work with NICTA to sift microarray data for patterns of gene activity distinctive to different cancers.


The partners will use NICTA's Statistical Machine Learning research program to develop software to diagnose cancers, and select therapies appropriate to each patient's personal prognosis.


Adam Kowalczyk, senior researcher in NICTA's SML research program, said in a statement that the initial effort will concentrate on developing a method for discerning biologically meaningful information from microarray profiles of tissue, with a focus on cancer diagnosis and treatment. "Once we have established this methodology we will move to the development of practical algorithms and software tools for operation testing, demonstration, and operational implementation," he said.

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