Nuance

Nuance's CLU solution, which includes natural language processing capabilities that are tailored to the healthcare space, will "supplement" Watson's more general NLP abilities.

"What we're going to need to fully take advantage of Watson is to have the genetic and epigenetic information of patients so that the Watson program will be able to utilize and organize that also in medical decision making," said a researcher involved with IBM's efforts to develop an artificial intelligence system that can help doctors diagnose patients accurately and quickly.

The firms will combine technology that IBM developed for Watson, including deep question answering, natural language processing, and machine learning capabilities, with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding solutions to help physicians diagnose and treat patients.

The partners will combine their respective technologies in an effort to provide hospitals, physicians, and payers access to critical and timely information with a potential role in personalized medicine.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.