DARPA said it will aim the Big Mechanism program at cancer research first, specifically cancer pathways or the molecular interactions that cause cells to become and remain cancerous.
The Big Mechanism program has three primary technical areas: Computers should read abstracts and papers in cancer biology to extract fragments of cancer pathways. Next, they should assemble these fragments into complete pathways of unprecedented scale and accuracy, and should figure out how pathways interact. Finally, computers should determine the causes and effects that might be manipulated, perhaps even to prevent or control cancer.
Source: Network World
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