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Analytics for tumors: IBM's Watson to guide therapies at cancer institutes

May 06, 2015    

Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients.Oncology is the first specialty where matching therapy to DNA has improved outcomes for some patients, inspiring the "precision medicine initiative" President Barack Obama announced in January.But it can take weeks to identify drugs targeting cancer-causing mutations. Watson can do it in minutes and has in its dat...

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