Google Releases AI Tool for Precision Medicine
Google LLC has announced the open source release of DeepVariant, a deep learning technology to reconstruct the true genome sequence from high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data with significantly greater accuracy than previous classical methods. DeepVariant, which was developed after more than two years of research by the Google Brain team, in collaboration with Verily Life Sciences, transforms the task of variant calling, as this reconstruction problem is known in genomics, into an image classification problem well-suited to Google's existing technology and expertise. Within a year of its development, the deep learning model had won the 2016 PrecisionFDA Truth Challenge award for Highest SNP Performance, outperforming state-of-the-art methods. Since then, the Google Brain team has reduced the error rate by over 50%.