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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Travis Korte


A Search Engine For Gene Medicine

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have launched the Drug Gene Interaction Database, a search engine for drugs that target genes linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The database, which brings together data from 15 publicly available databases in three continents, catalogs around 14,000 drug-gene interactions. Such data is becoming increasingly available as gene sequencing grows in popularity, and the database’s designers hoped to collect all the actionable drug-gene interaction research in one place.

They also left plenty of room for future research: the database includes drugs that have not yet made it through clinical trials, and genes that are good candidates for future pharmacological research. Although physicians can use the database, it is intended for research purposes and does not recommend treatments.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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