Dutch Power Cows have helped successful algorithm that detects cancer




Members of Dutch Power Cows have helped successful in recent years in the development of a computer algorithm in order to recognize cancer. The Dutch distributed-computing collective organizes itself through Gathering of Tweakers.

Dutch Power Cows Case Badge That made the organization behind the World Community Grid, one of the most popular medical projects, announced this week. Volunteers, including therefore the Dutch Power Cows , have been working since 2006 with IBM on the project. They analyzed during that time 100,000 skin samples and thereby donated more than 2,900 years of computer time.

Scientists are with the project began to approach cancer treatment in a different way. They try to recognize the disease with computer software by discovering patterns of cancer in numerous skin samples. For example, the disease would be to diagnose earlier and more precise. Although this is a promising approach, so the researchers set but there are caveats. One of these is that the assessment of cancer cells depends in part on a computer, while the roll is still located at a physician.

According to the volunteers, the organization behind the World Community Grid, recent years have contributed to a library that is set up with patterns of cancer. “Thanks to the World Community Grid and the Help Cancer project, the success of computer analysis proved to thereby automatically investigate and classify cancer cells.”

With the data received a grant to continue working on the system. Researchers In addition, the library of patterns as proof-of-concept, says the organization. Currently, scientists are working across multiple institutions in the further development of the algorithm, which should eventually help hospitals with the diagnosis of cancer.

This is not the only project where the Dutch Power Cows to work. The computers of the participants work together on various projects, the software ensures that all cycles that are not used by the owner of a PC, be paid to the charity. In recent years, the volunteers worked on include malaria and models that calculate the universe.


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