Microsoft intiatives treat cancer as a computing problem

This Tuesday, April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy- les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File) WASHINGTON — Medical research has traditionally treated cancer as a disease to be cured, but Microsoft’s latest efforts to aid the medical professionals treats it as a puzzle to be solved. The company recently announced a range of initiatives in which computer scientists are working out the complexities of cancer and the best options for treatments. The efforts range from a way to sort through the mountain of research data on cancer to a “moonshot” effort to program cells to fight cancer and other diseases. Much of the work happens at the genetic level, Microsoft and their associated scientists say. “We’re in a revolution with respect to cancer treatment,” said David Heckerman, a…

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