August Update: Mapping Cancer Markers

World Community Grid is processing work for this project more quickly, thanks to increased volunteer support.


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.

Speed of work accelerates

Thanks to the volunteers who responded to our recent request for additional donated computing time for Mapping Cancer Markers! The project continues to speed up; according to our tech team, it's now running approximately 30 percent faster than it was a month ago (which was already a faster pace than normal).

As a volunteer, you can always check and change the projects you are supporting here.

Current status of work units

  • Available for download:  709 batches
  • In progress:  1,251 batches 
  • Completed:   78,424 batches
  •                       1,288 batches in the last 30 days
                          Average of 42.9 batches per day
  • Estimated backlog: 16.5 days


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