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Japanese startup offers low-cost personalized disease prediction

Mirtel and Hirosaki University team up to apply AI to health check data

Hirosaki University's Center of Healthy Aging Innovation collects saliva and other samples to predict disease risks.

AOMORI, Japan -- A Japanese startup and researchers at a university in northern Japan have teamed up on a research project to develop a high-precision disease forecast model that takes into account people's individual attributes and lifestyles. The company plans to use it to develop tests for diseases such as cancer that hopefully would cost just several hundred yen (several dollars), making it easy for people to learn their risks and reduce them before becoming sick.

The project by Mirtel, a Hiroshima-based startup, and researchers at Hirosaki University combines medical big data that the university has accumulated through health checks and Mirtel's method of genetic analysis.

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