AI tool to detect hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease

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Los Angeles, May 15 (PTI) Researchers have found a way to teach a computer to precisely detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue using artificial intelligence (AI).

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, is a proof of concept for a machine-learning approach to distinguishing critical markers of the neurodegenerative disease.

Amyloid plaques are clumps of protein fragments in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease that destroy nerve cell connections, said researchers at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in the US.

Much like the way Facebook recognises faces based on captured images, the machine learning tool can "see" if a sample of brain tissue has one type of amyloid plaque or another, and do it very quickly.