Computational Biology
Computational Biology
Modern scientific research has yielded massive amounts of data—but few good ways to understand the information. We are developing mathematical and analytical frameworks to uncover new connections in biological systems.

Giant leap in diagnosing liver disease

Chronic liver disease represents a major global public health problem affecting an estimated 844 million people. A collaborative team of scientists, co-led by Salk Professor Ronald Evans and including first author Tae Gyu Oh and Senior Staff Scientist Michael Downes, have created a novel diagnostic tool based on the microbiome—a complex collection of microbes that inhabit the gut. The non-invasive method quickly and inexpensively identifies liver fibrosis and cirrhosis over 90 percent of the time and could lead to improved patient care and treatment outcomes.

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