Microsoft’s next big AI project? Helping ‘solve’ cancer

Microsoft says it aims to help oncologists consider the individual elements of each patient’s cancer at the genetic level. Image: Microsoft Google’s UK subsidiary DeepMind isn’t the only group using artificial intelligence to fight cancer by helping doctors make faster decisions. Microsoft today outed a number of key cancer-fighting projects it has under way, showing off its application of machine learning to solve bigger challenges than identifying dog breeds. One such application, dubbed Project Hanover, is seeking to make personalized, precision cancer therapy available to all cancer sufferers by helping oncologists sift through reams of biomedical research papers faster. Microsoft is targeting the so-called “molecular tumor board”, which convenes to devise personal therapy to suite a patient’s specific cancer. However, oncologists are hampered by the volume of research required to…

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