NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A group of bioinformatics and technology-focused firms and institutes that challenges informatics researchers to solve specific problems, has issued a new challenge to spur investigators to develop better methods for identifying cancer-associated mutations.

The partners that launched the new challenge include Sage Bionetworks; the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; the University of California, Santa Cruz; Annai Systems; IBM's DREAM (Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods) project; and others, the partners said on Thursday.

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