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How to analyze the relationship between diet and cancer risk? The answer lies at the crossroads of life sciences, such as biology, and computational sciences such as statistics. The developing science that occupies this crossroads is called bioinformatics. It uses tools such as algorithms and databases to study complex biological data.

Dr. Raymond J. Carroll, distinguished professor of statistics, leads a training program in bioinformatics at Texas A&M University. The program, funded by the National Cancer Institute, was established to train statisticians, and others with a statistical bent, so they can function as independent researchers probing links between nutrition and cancer. Carroll, who serves on the statistics, toxicology and nutrition faculties, is known for his own work in the area.

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Contact: Mark Minton, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M College of Science; 979-862-1237; mminton@science.tamu.edu

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