Computer model of blood development to spur research into new leukemia drugs

Dr Nir Piterman from the Department of Computer Science has contributed to the first detailed computational model to simulate the development of blood cells.

Collaborators at the University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research say that this could contribute to the development of new treatments for leukaemia and lymphoma.

The research, published in Nature Biotechnology, presents a technique to automatically construct gene regulation models that explain gene-expression data and demonstrates how several key predictions of the model are then confirmed in further lab experiments.

Further information can be found in the press-releases by the University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research.