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Cleveland Clinic Taps IBM's Watson To Fight Cancer
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Alison_Diana
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11/3/2014 | 10:08:20 AM
Re: Computing Power to Find Cures
As IBM Watson's Steve Harvey said a few times during the interview, "Cancer is a disease of your DNA." Because of this, if researchers, doctors, and Watson can actually cure cancer they'll not only have a template for cancer; they'll also have an incredible template for DNA -- and other diseases that use DNA to hurt people. This could then short-cut cures or treatments for a host of genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, MS, and Alzheimer's, to name just a very few.
Li Tan
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11/3/2014 | 5:00:07 AM
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The first step is fighting cancer by using WATSON and if IBM can make good progress on it, then it become a template/good reference for other disease. I am more than happy to hear further progress in this area.:-)
Alison_Diana
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10/31/2014 | 10:53:46 AM
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Actually IBM has been using Watson to fight cancer for a long time, working with a number of highly regarded medical institutions. I only mentioned a couple in the article but IBM's PR/marketing department has a ton of information on its website about the organizations it's worked with. The company seems to be steadily working across the country (world?!), teaming up with medical/research groups to collect their knowledge/share Watson. As a result, Watson gets smarter because it's learning from these collective cancer specialists and the specialists are learning from the people who came before them and all the data -- the research, journals, etc. -- that Watson absorbs daily. 

IBM does plan, at some point, to move beyond cancer, I believe. But they haven't figured out cancer yet and that, I think, is the first goal. 
Technocrati
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10/30/2014 | 10:43:14 PM
Cleveland is on a roll.

First Lebron and now Watson !   Go Cleveland.

 

Godspeed.

Technocrati
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10/30/2014 | 10:40:37 PM
Computing Power to Find Cures

This is great news !   I am really happy to learn that the power of Watson is being used on the cancer front.   I can't help but be somewhat cynical and ask what took so long ? 



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