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Photos of faces reveal rare disorders

Unless doctors are highly trained to recognize them, rare genetic disorders are hard to spot. Now, a new computer may help with diagnoses by scanning photos of the patient in question, New Scientist reports. About 30% to 40% of genetic disorders, such as Cornelia de Lange and Apert syndromes, result in particular facial features, such as thick eyebrows and prominent foreheads. Described today in eLife, the computer system has been trained to recognize these features and what disorder they’re associated with to help doctors come to a diagnosis.

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