by Annette Kik and Gunnar Klau
What does a disease like lymph cancer have in common with city heating? This unusual association popped up when CWI researcher Gunnar Klau discussed his work with a fellow researcher. Klau now exploits maths originally developed for optimizing heating networks to analyse data from cancer patients. His method appears to be faster and better than previous ones, and it is hoped that his results will help doctors in understanding the disease and in the end contribute to the quest for new and better medicines.