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Artificial intelligence for cancer treatment

Working out how to zap a tumor with radiation is a laborious process for physicians. Google’s machine-learning division, DeepMind, thinks AI can help ease the burden. When medics apply radiotherapy to a cancer patient, they have to carefully determine which parts of the body should be exposed to radiation in order to kill the tumor while ensuring that as much healthy surrounding tissue as possible is preserved. DeepMind will work with University College Hospital in London to develop an artificial-intelligence system that can automate the process.