Cancer, or No Cancer: Tufts Computers Probe the Genesis of Disease

One smoker indulges in a pack a day and lives a long life without any hint of cancer. His brother smokes intermittently for just a few years and dies young of lung cancer. The development of diseases like cancer remain a mystery to current science. Artificial intelligence could be the answer to understanding the chance involved in the long game of life, death and disease, according to a new study in the journal Science Signaling. The AI developed a molecular model using “evolutionary computation” to explain why some cells become abnormal during embryogenesis and “go bad,” said the Tufts University researchers who led the work. “This suggests that future application of artificial intelligence methods to problems of development and cancer will give rise not only to correct predictions, but also to deep understanding of…


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