AI facial recognition can be used to make diagnoses, not just ID stalkers

AI facial recognition can be used to make diagnoses, not just ID stalkers

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Genomes are so five minutes ago. Personalized medicine is all
about phenomes now.

OK, that’s an exaggeration. But plenty of genetic disorders do
result in distinctive facial phenotypes (Down syndrome is probably
the best known example). Many of these disorders are quite rare and
thus not easily recognized by clinicians. This lack of familiarity
can cause the patients with the disorders (and their parents) to
endure a long and traumatic diagnostic odyssey before they figure
out what ails them. While they may be uncommon individually, in
aggregate, these rare disorders are not that rare: they affect
eight percent of the population.

FDNA is a
genomics/AI company that aims to “capture, structure and analyze
complex human physiological data to produce actionable genomic
insights.” They’ve made a facial-image-analysis framework,
called DeepGestalt, that can diagnose genetic conditions based on
facial images with a higher accuracy than doctors can. Results are
published in Nature Medicine.

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AI facial recognition can be used to make diagnoses, not just ID stalkers