Microsoft makes its move into artificial intelligence cancer moonshot realm

Microsoft on Tuesday announced artificial intelligence initiatives specifically targeting cancer. Such work puts the software giant in a supercomputing realm with rivals IBM and Google. Microsoft said its new initiative includes four research teams. The first is harnessing machine learning and natural language processing to help oncologists glean existing research data to better understand personalized care. A second team is pairing machine learning with what Microsoft called “computer vision” in work with radiologists to track tumor progression.  [Special report: Precision medicine: Analytics, data science, EHRs in the new age] The third group of researchers is focused on algorithms that scientists can use to learn how cancers develop and, in turn, determine the best treatments. Finally, the fourth is working on “moonshot efforts that could one day allow scientists to program cells to fight…


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