IBM’s Watson to help sequence cancer DNA
- IBM and the New York Genome Center, a consortium of academic, medical and industry officials will team up to help fight brain cancer.
- This partnership will make use of the Watson cloud computing system to sequence the DNA for treatment of glioblastoma (common brain cancer in U.S adults).
- The DNA information will be combined with clinical information and fed into Watson to sequence the DNA faster than a human being to determine the best treatment.
- Watson is unique and ideally designed for huge data storage & heavy data applications in field of health and finance. The unique feature of Watson is that it reads vast data information and combine with the output of the previous work to find solutions to the problems.
- Doctors sequence 800 billion base pairs of DNA for analyzing one person’s tumor where as Watson can sequence 75 million base pairs in 1 sec.
- The project will start with sequence of 20 brain cancer patients DNA and run the information on Watson to find best treatment for them.
- DNA Sequencing
- Cloud Computing