Wednesday, September 9, 2020

AI Researchers Trace Cancer Risk Factors Using Tumor DNA

Gene changes that occur in human cells over a person’s lifetime, known as somatic mutations, cause the vast majority of cancers. They can be triggered by environmental or behavioral factors such as exposure to ultraviolet light or radiation, drinking or smoking.

By using NVIDIA GPUs to analyze the signature, or molecular fingerprint, of these mutations, researchers can better understand known causes of cancer, discover new risk factors and investigate why certain cancers are more common in certain areas of the world than others.