A new research project at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to aid the early detection of cancer could be Microsoft’s springboard into the bioinformatics market.

The five-year project, dubbed the Early Detection Initiative and funded with $4.4 million from private donors so far, will use proteomics and bioinformatics to study human serum protein profiles and distinguish individuals with early-stage cancer from those who are healthy.

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