Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence

Cancer is like a computer virus and can be ‘solved’ by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.IBM is working on something similar using a program called Watson Oncology, which analyzes patient health info against research data.

Other Microsoft healthcare initiatives involve computer vision in radiology to note the progress of tumors over time and a project which Microsoft refers to as its “moonshot” aims to program biology like we program computers using code. The researchers plan to discover how to reprogram our cells to fix what our immune system hasn’t been able to figure out just yet."It’s not just an analogy, it’s a deep mathematical insight. Biology and computing are disciplines which seem like chalk and cheese but which have very deep connections on the most fundamental level." 

Indeed, with all the research data available, the Microsoft project, like many others in the healthcare machine learning space — including in cancer cure discovery — could help speed up medical discovery for this debilitating disease.

"If we are able to control and regulate cancer then it becomes like any chronic disease and then the problem is solved," senior researcher Jasmin Fisher told.

"I think for some of the cancers five years, but definitely within a decade. Then we will probably have a century free of cancer."

Well, Let's Just hope for the Best!


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