By Carter Higgins | BlackDoctor.org
Former Bengals defensive lineman and current Houston Texan, Devon Still is looking forward to working with NASA to fight cancer through research in space. This comes on the 2nd Anniversary of his daughter, Leah Still’s cancer being in remission. The NFL dad and husband shared this post on Instagram:
Every day, NASA spacecraft beam down hundreds of petabytes of data, all of which has to be codified, stored and distributed to scientists across the globe. Increasingly, artificial intelligence is helping to “read” this data as well, highlighting similarities between datasets that scientists might miss.
For the past 15 years, the big data techniques pioneered by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have been revolutionizing biomedical research.
The NCI-supported Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) is a consortium of biomedical investigators who share anonymized data on cancer biomarkers, chemical or genetic signatures related to specific cancers. Their goal is to pool all their research data into a single, searchable network, with the goal of translating their collective work into techniques for early diagnosis of cancer or cancer risk.
In the time they’ve worked together, JPL and EDRN‘s efforts have led to the discovery of six new Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer biomarkers and nine biomarkers approved for use in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments labs. The FDA has approved each of these biomarkers for use in cancer research and diagnosis. These agency-approved biomarkers have been used in more than 1 million patient diagnostic tests worldwide.
This whole program is in partnership with Devon and Leah Still’s Still Strong Foundation that helps other families battling childhood cancers. Devon posted how proud of his daughter he is: Read more on BDO