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NTT to launch AI-based genome screening for preventive medicine

Japanese telecom company aims to use technology for new service starting in 2020

NTT will begin offering a preventative medicine service next year aimed at helping companies control employee health care costs. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)

TOKYO -- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone will launch a preventive medicine business as early as 2020, Nikkei has learned.

The Japanese telecom company plans to use an artificial intelligence system to analyze patients' genomes and the results of physical exams to help prevent lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. The company hopes to take advantage of technology it has developed in its main communications business, such as big data analysis and cryptography, for the new business.

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