IBM’s Watson makes its first discovery in neuroscience

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the ringing of the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite on August 21, 2014.Image: astrid stawiarz/Getty ImagesBy Emma Hinchliffe2016-12-14 18:46:14 UTC IBM Watson is known for its work in identifying cancer treatments and beating contestants on Jeopardy! But now the computing system has expertise in a new area of research: neuroscience.  Watson discovered five genes linked to ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, IBM announced on Wednesday. The tech company worked with researchers at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The discovery is Watson’s first in any type of neuroscience, and suggests that Watson could make discoveries in research of other neurological diseases.  “There are a lot of opportunities if we’re working together,” Robert Bowser, the doctor who led Watson’s ALS research as…


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