IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that gave our best two Jeopardy-playing humans what-for in three nights of play two years ago, is now showing mortals how to do better at another classic human struggle: curing cancer. Watson has spent the last year parsing data on cancer treatments from the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Center, and is now being offered as a cloud-based application for determining the best course of action for cancer patients.
A new analysis, published in Science now pushes back against the molecular data. A large team of authors tracked thousands of individual traits in more than 125 species (40 of them known only from fossils) to build the biggest reconstruction of the history of mammals ever attempted. In doing so, they find the first placental mammal probably didn’t exist until after the non-avian dinosaurs were gone, the study even provides some hints of what it might have looked like.
A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday.
Followup — I must say that your face sounds familiar :)