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They say that speed kills, but in medical science it can also save lives. For example, developing new drugs is lengthy, complicated and expensive. It requires that scientists identify proteins that cause disease, evaluate molecules that may target those proteins, and then go through rounds of clinical trials before receiving the regulatory approval needed to treat the sick and needy. The whole endeavour can take 15 years and cost billions. Artificial intelligence, or machine learning, promises to accelerate this process — and enhance it. By finding the genetic mutations at the root cause of a disease, and rapidly predicting the effectiveness of treatments, AI can not only deliver drugs mo... Full story

13 February