Scientists have identified a new form of matter, the existence of which has been theorised for 50 years. The substance is known as “excitonium”. It is made up of excitons – unusual particles made up of an escaped electron and the hole it has left behind in a material.

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AI tools could help us turn information gleaned from genetic sequencing into life-saving therapies. Almost 15 years after scientists first sequenced the human genome, making sense of the enormous amount of data that encodes human life remains a formidable challenge. But it is also precisely the sort of problem that machine learning excels at.

 

Google has now released a tool called DeepVariant that uses the latest AI techniques to build a more accurate picture of a person’s genome from sequencing data. DeepVariant helps turn high-throughput sequencing readouts into a picture of a full genome. It automatically identifies small insertion and deletion mutations and single-base-pair mutations in sequencing data.

 

 

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