Washington: This year’s winner of the second annual Google Science Fair wrote a cloud-based computer program that makes breast cancer detection less invasive.In the science talent competition for kids aged 13 to 18, which was held this month in Palo Alto, California, 17-year-old Brittany Wenger created computer programs coded to think like the human brain and then used them to locate mass malignancy in breast tissue samples.She called it the “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer”, Discovery News reported.Traditional methods of finding mass malignancy use a minimally invasive, but painful, biopsy called a fine needle aspirate (FNA).Analyzing tissues collected with this method isn’t always effective and sometimes results in further invasive procedures.Wegner tested her method with 7.6 million trials to see how accurately it would detect cancerous tumors.It succeeded with a 97.4 percent success rate in prediction and 99.1 percent sensitivity to malignancy when analyzing samples collected from FNA.
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