U.K. cancer scientists say a huge DNA database could help prolong the lives of some patients.
Big data could turn cancer into a "manageable" disease, scientists at one of the main U.K. centers for research in the field, the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), said on Tuesday.
But to achieve their goals, the team will need to overcome some substantial technical computing challenges. It's estimated that the genetic codes of just a million cancer patients would take up the same amount of disk space as the whole of YouTube. In addition, test results would need to circumvent stiff privacy and regulatory rules in order to be shared with other researchers and pharma companies.