IBM’s Watson at Carnegie Mellon University
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IBM Supercomputer Tackles Brain Cancer

Watson, the IBM supercomputer that effortlessly triumphed over Jeopardy! champions in 2011, has bigger fish to fry these days. It’s been assigned the task of sifting through and analyzing the genetic DNA of both healthy and nonhealthy tissue in 25 patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that’s difficult to treat. Watson’s analysis could bring new insights to cancer care and potentially lead to personalized treatment for each individual, according to Ars Technica. The process is typically completed by a team of geneticists but is extremely time-consuming and expensive. However, Watson should be able to bypass the issues by working on its own; scientists are hoping it will bring down the analysis period from a week to just hours, or even minutes.

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