The wealth of information derived from decades of fundamental biology research is now being augmented weekly by massive amounts of data from new genomic technologies. In a single experiment, researchers can determine the activity levels for all of the roughly 25,000 human genes from hundreds of tumors. These data are generating new tests to more accurately diagnose cancer and new, more effective treatments with minimal side effects. Searching through this ocean of data for those valuable prizes would be impossible without today's powerful information technology.
Bob and Pat Herbold gave a generous gift to support the Hutchinson Center's new program in computational biology and bioinformatics. These highly specialized fields use cutting-edge computer technology to blend the disciplines of biology, mathematics and statistics to boost the speed, productivity and cost-effectiveness of cancer-research studies. In short, this work will greatly accelerate the pace of lifesaving discoveries.