New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours

IDIBAPS and Hospital Clínic have participated in the development of a new computational method that enables to detect genetic changes responsible for the onset and progression of tumors in a simple, quick and precise way. The research is published in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology. This methodology, called SMUFIN (Somatic Mutations Finder), is capable of analyzing the complete genome of a tumor and identifying its mutations in a few hours. In addition, it is able to identify alterations which had previously not been revealed, even using methods which require the use of supercomputers over several weeks.