Saturday, November 21, 2020

Easier Access to Cancer Risk Analysis

According to this article, a research team from the University of Michigan created an openly available data center containing information about risk factors for cancer, Cancer PRSweb. This repository contains risk scores for 35 types of cancer based on GWAS and meta-analyses. Having all of this information readily available makes it easier for the cancer research community that would otherwise need to search through several websites, journals, and books in order to find information. Since cancer is a polygenic disease, it is very difficult and time-consuming to compile all of this data on what genes affect the disease and how they work together in order to form the disease. PRSweb contains a multitude of studies that relate these genes and compiles them into a single place. Because of the created ease of access to large amounts of statistics, cancer research is expected to be more efficient and accurate. Now that the Cancer PRSweb is set up, the research team that created the PRSweb expects to apply this idea to other areas such as mental health and metabolic disorders so that research all-together can be more efficient, accurate, and up-to-date.

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