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DARPA Plans Bioinformatics Initiative to Track Cancer Research

healthcare systemThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to launch a new initiative to mine cancer data from global databases and synthesize the information into one repository, Federal Times reported Monday.

Ray Locker writes the agency has sought proposals from both the public and private sectors on how to design the program, dubbed Big Mechanism.

Through the $45 million program, DARPA aims to compile the insights into one system for medical researchers to access and use to supplement their current work for treatment or therapy.

That information will be tapped from academic and medical studies, journals, scientific papers and biological reports from around the world, according to the report.

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