Supercomputing reveals the genetic code of cancer

Cancer researchers are now using one of the world's fastest computers to detect which parts of the genetic code may cause bowel and prostate cancer.
Interview with Principal Investigator Rolf Skotheim in the research magazine Apollon.

Principal Investigator Rolf Skotheim. Photo: Yngve Vogt

May help tailor treatment

Cancer researchers must use one of the world’s fastest computers to detect which versions of genes are only found in cancer cells. Every form of cancer, even every tumour, has its own distinct variants.

“This charting may help tailor the treatment to each patient,” says Associate Professor Rolf Skotheim, Principal Investigator in the K.G. Jebsen Colorectal Cancer Research Centre.

His research group is working to identify the genes that cause bowel and prostate cancer, which are both common diseases. There are 4,000 new cases of bowel cancer in Norway every year. Only six out of ten patients survive the first five years. Prostate cancer affects 5,000 Norwegians every year. Nine out of ten survive.

Read the entire article in the research magazine Apollon: Supercomputing reveals the genetic code of cancer