AI brings hope for children suffering from metabolic disease

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Big Data, advanced learning algorithms and powerful computers enable researchers to better understand severe metabolic diseases.

Cystinosis is a rare lyosomal storage disorder affecting around 1 in 100,000 to 200,000 newborns worldwide. “Children with cystinosis suffer from a devastating, multisystemic disease for which there is currently no cure,” says Olivier Devuyst of the University of Zurich. But with the help of artificial intelligence, researchers have identified a promising drug for treatment of the disease – a study funded by the SNSF.