Data, computer expert crunches the numbers during pandemic

Michael BassAs a computational biologist for Amgen, it was up to Michael Bass to run the numbers from thousands of experiments to identify which drugs showed promise and which ones didn’t.
“Even with random data, if you have 21,000 ways to find a correlation, I can guarantee you, you’ll find a correlation—but that doesn’t mean it’s real,” said Bass, who retired in 2014 after 20 years with the Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant.
So when the coronavirus came surging into Ventura County last summer...

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