Government mulls setting up AI center to analyze genetic data of dementia patients

The Japan Times 

The health ministry may set up a data center to analyze the genomes of dementia patients as part of efforts to better treat the brain disorder, ministry sources said Wednesday. Using artificial intelligence to interpret a vast amount of genome data, the full set of an person's genetic information, the facility would be the nation's first such hub, the sources said. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will request outlays to finance the project under the state budget for fiscal 2018. Dementia is caused when nerve cells in the brain die or fail, leading to impaired memory and judgment. Although slowing the progress is possible in some cases, there is no established treatment to address the root cause of the symptoms.