Rosetta Stone for genome could cure everything from cancer to autism

It's perhaps not totally surprising that you learn more form the whole than simply the sum of it's parts. But it sure is damn exciting that it's happening and that Canadians are leading the way.


Frey’s use of machine learning (essentially a form of artificial intelligence that makes predictive findings based on existing data) could revolutionize how researches parse the genome and how we think about and treat disease.

To prove that the computation model works, his team applied it to investigate the causes autism, colon cancer and spinal muscular atrophy, the leading cause of infant mortality. What they found not only proved the theory that the whole genome must be examined to understand its parts, but the researchers already made new breakthroughs. They discovered 39 new genes that contribute to or cause autism.
— http://o.canada.com/health/how-the-canadian-made-rosetta-stone-for-the-human-genome-could-cure-everything-from-cancer-to-autism

If you want to read the paper, you can find it at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/12/17/science.1254806