Artificially Intelligent ‘Betsy’ will analyse 100,000 genomes for UK Government

01/10/2015 - 2 minutes

The “Berg Interrogative Biology” program from Boston (US) is a form of artificial intelligence the UK government has employed to work its Genome project. The platform will use a combination of systems biology techniques to analyse up to 100,000 genomes sourced from England’s National Health Service (NHS) for Genomics England (owned by the UK Department of Health) for disease research.

Picture8 As we know, data-mining techniques for drug and disease R&D have experienced a rise in popularity in the industry thanks to the long-awaiting pharmaceutical paradigm shift. An example of this change in tune was observed earlier this month with the US FDA to develop a drug-safety algorithm with MD Anderson. Now though, an even more ambitious and crazy-sounding application for data-mining is being launched by Genomics England project recruiting a form of artificial intelligence (affectionately nicknamed ‘Betsy’) to process data from up to 100,000 whole-genomes for the UK Government.

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Genomics England is a well-backed biotech owned by the UK Department of Health.

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