Monthly Archives April 2015

Face2Gene and syndrome recognition by computers- photographs needed, try Facebook?

Face2Gene (F2G) is a new company which aims to use computer-based facial recognition rapidly to analzye large numbers of clinical photographs of children and adults with syndromes of genetic aetiology.  The faces of individuals with such syndromes can be highly recognizable, and the ability to recognize them is a skill which can be learnt. The ability to do this is not restricted to members of the medical profession, still less Clinical Geneticists, and it appears that computers are good at it too. The face of a child with Down syndrome is probably the most recognizable ‘syndrome face’.  Here is another example,
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