Precision Medicine Study Highlights Role of Machine Learning

When it comes to the future of diagnosing and treating cancer, computers – not humans – could hold the key to delivering the best quality precision medicine.A new study out of the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that computers can be trained to more accurately assess slides of lung cancer tissue than pathologists. RELATED ARTICLES “Pathology as it is practiced now is very subjective,” said Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics. “Two highly skilled pathologists assessing the same slide will agree only about 60 percent of the time. This approach replaces the subjectivity with sophisticated, quantitative measurements that we feel are likely to improve patient outcomes.” The Stanford researchers found that a machine learning approach to identifying critical disease-related features was able to accurately differentiate between…

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