Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

OncorMed Patents New Bioinformatics Method For Searching Databases

Premium

GAITHERSBURG, Md.--OncorMed here has announced that it has received a US patent for a new bioinformatics method with applications ranging from an analytical tool in genomics discovery to a screening method for the identification of patients at risk for particular diseases.

The new method allows computers to search clinical databases to discover patterns that are predictive of specific diseases. According to OncorMed, it represents an enhancement over datamining and neural network systems because it is entirely data-driven and does not rely on human opinion to decide which cases represent patterns of disease.

First, using OncorMed's patented method, computers review clinical data on patients who have been diagnosed with a given disease. The review is used to establish rules that can be applied to other patient databases to help recognize individuals at risk for the disease. The same method can also be used to support the discovery of new disease-related genes by helping researchers quickly and inexpensively screen large databases to identify families whose DNA might hold additional clues, OncorMed said.

The patented method has already been used to discover new cancer syndromes from the data repository at the Hereditary Cancer Institute at Creighton University, for which OncorMed holds an exclusive license, the company noted. OncorMed said it expects the new method will be used in genomics collaborations. The product will be available through license or collaborative arrangements with OncorMed.

Filed under

The Scan

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.