Mining Data Mountains

NIH Director Francis Collins says research projects like one Stanford University's Atul Butte recently completed are revealing the power to be found in the mountains of data that genomics, imaging, and electronic medical record technologies are generating.

Butte has mined those mountains in search of links between genes, diseases, and traits, like cholesterol levels, that could provide the basis for new markers for predicting disease risk, Collins writes in his Director's Blog.

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