Machine Learning’s Big Role in Population-Level Genetic Study

A large-scale genetic project is currently underway in Nevada that’s using advanced analytics and machine learning to identify connections between people’s genes and their health. It’s the first project to study genetic data at a population level, and it could be a model for a national program.

The Healthy Nevada project began in September 2016, when all residents of northern Nevada were invited to take a genetic test, at no charge to them. Much to the surprise of the project leaders, 10,000 Nevadans signed up in just 48 hours. The second phase of the project began earlier this year, and so far a total of 35,000 genetic tests have been conducted.

Author: Alex Woodie

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