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Visualizing the Big Data of Breast Cancer

A colorful wheel developed by Rice University bioengineers to visualize protein interactions has won an international competition for novel strategies to study the roots of breast cancer.

The winning BioWheel by the Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub was chosen this month, topping 14 academic and industry participants in the HPN-DREAM Breast Cancer Network Inference Challenge. Qutub has been invited to present the labâ??s creation at the RECOMB/ISCB conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics in Toronto next month.

The Rice team led by graduate student Wendy Hu won one of three sub-challenges to create an intuitive, interactive tool to visualize â??big data.â? In this case, that involved hundreds of thousands of data points about the effects of stimulators and inhibitors on protein networks drawn from a set of four breast cancer cell lines. Team members include postdoctoral researchers Byron Long and Dave Noren and undergraduate student Alex Bisberg.

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