Here’s a bold statement: In the next decade, technology breakthroughs in cloud computing and big data processing will figure out cancer, according to a Microsoft researcher. She did not use the word “cure,” but this still sounds pretty earth-shaking, if not downright incredible.
To that longer-term question, Jasmin Fisher, senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., said cloud computing power will enable a raft of new research capabilities that will crack the code. Fisher, who is also research group leader at the University of Cambridge’s department of biochemistry, said:
Executable biology, according to Fisher’s bio, is the “design and analysis of executable computer algorithms describing biological phenomena, in particular cancer biology.”
Cloud computing, which marshals massive banks of computers, storage, and networking to work on hard problems is seen as a huge boon to medical research of all types with Microsoft, Google (GOOG) and Amazon Web Services (AMZN) all touting their huge public clouds as the ideal test beds for these complicated workloads.
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