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The final frontier in cancer diagnosis

Nature volume 542, pages 3638 (02 February 2017) | Download Citation

A computer, trained to classify skin cancers using image analysis alone, can now identify certain cancers as successfully as can skin-cancer doctors. What are the implications for the future of medical diagnosis? See Letter p.115

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  1. Sancy A. Leachman is in the Department of Dermatology, Melanoma Research Program, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon 97239, USA.

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  2. Glenn Merlino is in the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


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