June Update: Mapping Cancer Markers

Looking for an additional project to support? Please add Mapping Cancer Markers to your list.


Mapping Cancer Markers aims to identify the markers associated with various types of cancer. The project is analyzing millions of data points collected from thousands of healthy and cancerous patient tissue samples. These include tissues with lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and sarcoma.

So far, the project has finished running data for lung cancer and ovarian cancer markers on World Community Grid. With the help of continued donated computing time from volunteers, the researchers are now studying markers for sarcoma, which is a group of cancers that start in bone, muscle, or other tissue. You can read more about the research team's findings to-date here.

Everyone's help is needed

Mapping Cancer Markers generally has a large, steady supply of work units, and the research team expects that to continue for the foreseeable future. With the recently announced ending of another World Community Grid project, we're asking volunteers who are not already donating computing power to Mapping Cancer Markers to add it to their list of projects. You can check and change the projects you are supporting here.

Current status of work units

  • Available for download: 863 batches
  • In progress: 1,251 batches 
  • Completed:  75,671 batches
  •                       1,130 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 37.7 batches per day
  • Estimated backlog: 22.9 days


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