NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Mayo Clinic and IBM this week announced a pilot program to use IBM's Watson to match patients with clinical trials.

The initiative is in its proof-of-concept stage and Watson is being familiarized with clinical trial terms. Further down the road, genetic and genomic information may be included in the patient-matching process, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson told GenomeWeb Daily News.

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