Supercomputers lead to better understanding of DNA's role in cancer

Scientists have discovered how cross-shaped pieces of DNA can lead to a greater risk of cancer thanks to the work of supercomputers.

A study, conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Advanced Computing Center found that those cross-shaped, or cruciform, pieces of DNA mark the spots for where chromosomes break, mutate and potentially initiate cancer development.

Researchers can use the new information to better understand how DNA contributes to the etiology of cancer. Announcement