Google Taught an AI to Make Sense of the Human Genome
If you’ve ever watched a prime time crime drama like CSI, you probably recall a scene in which a forensic analyst used a computer to troll through thousands of snippets of DNA, looking for a match between a crime scene and a suspect. Real life doesn’t happen quite like it does on television, but the gist is the same. Genetics is inherently a comparative science. Whether you’re trying to identify a suspect or a genetic disease or a long-lost relative, it involves comparing one genome to another, hunting for telling similarities or variabilities among billions of letters of DNA.