Instead of rushing to use humans immediately in clinical trials, model it with math and computer code. This is not a new idea as Bill Gates invested in a company a couple years ago, Schrodinger, that does just that. A lot of work can be done on computers before a “wet lab” is ever set up. As she states, this will not give us all the answers but we have the potential of having a lot more information up front using math if we use it.
Reuters had an article out today about how doctors try to make sense of the genetic jumble with cancer too. If you followed ASCO this year we are starting indeed to see some of this, namely with changing how breast cancer and melanoma are treated. The answers lie within math and genetics with the behaviors of the targets.
She had a great background here with her mother being a nurse and her father being a mathematician and thus the idea of combining knowledge from both side to attack cancer. She suggests using computational biology to combine the two. She says it’s weird that we don’t have more math being used in the battle of cancer. BD
Why aren't scientists using math to decipher how cancer grows and mutates? Fanziska Michor of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute applies computational biology to crack cancer's code.
Dr. Franziska Michor is an Associate Professor of Computational Biology in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.