Could you organize a collaborative research project?

Using free stuff from Microsoft, could you organize a research project that was collaborative and be able to reach out all over the world for data and resources?  Currently I have a relative that has PMP, an extremely rare type of cancer, about 300 cases in the year occur in the US, maybe 6,000 cases in the world.  Not very many.  This got me to thinking, while I am on a short break from work, I thought I would look at how I could design a collaborative research project.  I have no delusions that a cure could come for my relative, but in the future it might help with research on other things.

At the Microsoft research site:, there is a bunch of interesting work being done.  One of the ways that a collaborative research project could be set up would be to make use of the

Microsoft Computational Biology Web Tools, since biology wasn’t a strong suit for me in college, if you are biology specialists things like the

Epitope Prediction will make sense, apparently it applies to HIV viral mutations.  Now some of the cancers have been found to be caused by  viruses, wouldn’t it be a crazy thing if you were able to reuse work done for HIV investigations and find a way to cure one of these rare cancers!?

For the next several weeks this blog will be discussing the various tools available through the Microsoft Research site.  I am retooling my F# discussions to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 design system and when I do, this blog will move back to discussing F# or I will create a new blog and take the hit for the change.  The new blog will be specifically around the academic discussion of how to  use F# to solve research problems.  But now that I read that mission statement, I will likely just keep using this blog.

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