This year, the National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. will die from cancer. That’s a number Jian Ma, an associate professor in computation biology at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, is working to reduce.

He and his team have worked to develop a computational model that analyzes cancer cells’ genomes using a new algorithm, called Weaver. The team attempts to create computational methods that provide a closer look at the basic functions of the human genome and human diseases’ molecular mechanisms.

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