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Digital Twins May Enable Personalized Health Treatment

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A medical digital twin.

Medical digital twins require combining data about the workings of genes, proteins, cells, and whole-body systems with personal patient data to create virtual models of their organs, and eventually potentially, their entire bodies.

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Combining data about the workings of the human body with patients’ personal data to create digital twins of their organs could lead to personalized treatments and help avoid medical complications.

Speaking at the Digital Twins Conference in London last week, Dr. Caroline Roney of the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London described efforts to develop personalized heart models to help surgeons plan for patients with irregular heartbeats.

Artificial intelligence experts at pharmaceutical company GSK, meanwhile, are working with cancer researchers at King’s College London to build digital twins of patients’ tumors using images and genetic and molecular data.

Researchers also are developing digital twins for pregnancy to address potential complications.

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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