March 6, 2017 Health and Biotech analytics news roundup

Here’s the latest in health and biotech analytics:

Mathematical Analysis Reveals Prognostic Signature for Prostate Cancer: University of East Anglia researchers used an unsupervised technique to categorize cancers based on gene expression levels. Their method was better able than current supervised methods to identify patients with more harmful variants of the disease.

Assisting Pathologists in Detecting Cancer with Deep Learning: Scientists at Google have trained deep learning models to detect tumors in images of tissue samples. These models beat pathologists’ diagnoses by one metric.

Patient expectations for health data sharing exceed reality, study says: The Humana study shows that, among other beliefs, most patients think doctors share more information than they actually do. They also expect information from digital devices will be beneficial.

NHS accused of covering up huge data loss that put thousands at risk: The UK’s national health service failed to deliver half a million medically relevant documents between 2011 and 2016. They had previously briefed Parliament about the failure, but not the scale of it.

Entire operating system written into DNA at 215 Pbytes/gram: Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski (New York Genome Center) used a “fountain code” to translate a 2.1 MB archive into DNA. They were able to retrieve the data by sequencing the resulting fragments, a process that was robust to mutations and loss of sequences.

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