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Smartphone app could simplify diagnosis of hereditary diseases

Certain hereditary diseases – such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease – present an array of symptoms similar to that of other illnesses, making the conditions tricky to diagnose. Now, researchers have created a computer program that they say can simplify diagnosis of such diseases.

The research team, led by Marcel Schulz of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany, first reported their creation in the American Journal of Human Genetics in 2009.

Now, the program – called “Phenomizer” – is available as a free Android app on Google Play for smartphones and tablets, making it available to doctors all over the world.

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