Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

VT Researchers Win $100K Nvidia Award to Create Cancer Mutation Identification Platform


Two researchers from Virginia Tech have won an award from the Nvidia Foundation to create a genome analysis platform that will make it easier for researchers to identify cancer mutations.

The researchers, Wu Feng and David Mittelman, will use GPU-accelerated alignment and mapping software in combination with sensitive mutation detection methods to deliver "an optimized and powerful solution" for cancer genome analysis that other investigators can build upon.

Nvidia gave the award as part of its "Compute the Cure" program, a pilot effort overseen by its philanthropic arm, the Nvidia Foundation, that aims to leverage GPUs to support cancer researchers in the search for a cure, as well as to promote cancer awareness and prevention initiatives.

Feng, an associate professor in VT's Computer Science department, said in a statement that the program aims to "revolutionize" the way that cancer research is done by providing "a framework and toolkit of personal desktop supercomputing solutions for the analysis of genome changes from next-generation sequencing data, as a first step toward seeking a cure for cancer.”

Separately, Feng is also part of a research team funded by the National Science Foundation to develop tools for Microsoft's Azure cloud as part of an agreement between NSF and Microsoft.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.