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Google DeepMind AI speeds up search for disease genes

Google DeepMind AI speeds up search for disease genes

Health & Wellbeing, Science & Technology
Google's AI firm DeepMind has used artificial intelligence to identify changes in human DNA that might cause diseases. The researchers believe they have pinpointed 89% of all the key mutations. The development is expected to speed up diagnosis and help in the search for better treatments. A leading independent scientist told BBC News that the work was "a big step forward". Prof Ewan Birney, deputy director general of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, said: "It will help clinical researchers prioritise where to look to find areas that could cause disease." The technique works by checking the order of the components in human DNA strands. All living organisms are built from DNA. It is made from four blocks of chemicals called adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) ...
Climate Change Fueling Disease In Africa – WHO

Climate Change Fueling Disease In Africa – WHO

International, World News
Non-communicable diseases, or diseases that are not transmitted directly from one person to another, are said to be on the rise in Africa as climate change continues to pose a big threat to health in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.Increasing temperatures mean mosquitos spread diseases further and faster than ever before, with serious consequences for African countries.Deaths due to malaria in Africa now account for over half of all malaria deaths worldwide.With fossil fuels responsible for most of the harmful emissions that are linked to acute and chronic sickness, the WHO has called for sensible steps to curb their use.“During the past two decades, most public health events have been climate-related, whether they were vector- or water-borne, transmitted from a...
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