Cancer characterization and feature set extraction by discriminative margin clustering.

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A central challenge in the molecular diagnosis and treatment of cancer is to define a set of molecular features that, taken together, distinguish a given cancer, or type of cancer, from all normal cells and tissues.


Discriminative margin clustering is a new technique for analyzing high dimensional quantitative datasets, specially applicable to gene expression data from microarray experiments related to cancer. The goal of the analysis is find highly specialized sub-types of a tumor type which are similar in having a small combination of genes which together provide a unique molecular portrait for distinguishing the sub-type from any normal cell or tissue. Detection of the products of these genes can then, in principle, provide a basis for detection and diagnosis of a cancer, and a therapy directed specifically at the distinguishing constellation of molecular features can, in principle, provide a way to eliminate the cancer cells, while minimizing toxicity to any normal cell.


The new methodology yields highly specialized tumor subtypes which are similar in terms of potential diagnostic markers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Munagala, K; Tibshirani, R; Brown, PO

Published Date

  • March 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Start / End Page

  • 21 -

PubMed ID

  • 15070405

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC385290

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-2105

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-2105

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1471-2105-5-21


  • eng