The Doctors of Tomorrow Will Be Supercomputers

The Doctors of Tomorrow Will Be Supercomputers

“In 2017, we’ve reported on everything from a cancer “kill switch” and AI-assisted cancer detection, to the first tests of a cancer vaccineand the creation of a portable skin cancer detector. These stories were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of exciting developments in cancer research this year.

While most of us would find it a little daunting to try to stay on top of the latest research, every piece of research is valuable. While some papers strike a chord with the media and receive a lot of attention, there are other papers and datasets that are inevitably missed, or deemed “uninteresting” or “irrelevant” to the general public at first pass.

A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center set out to solve this conundrum, demonstrating their findings back in November.

Their solution involves using cognitive computing to sift through the overwhelming amount of data produced by scientific studies and databases in an attempt to “identify potentially relevant clinical trials or therapeutic options for cancer patients based on the genetics of their tumors.” Put simply, they want to use advanced computing techniques to more effectively identify potentially useful cancer treatments…”

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