Seattle Children’s Research Institute wants to find solutions for medical mysteries with Microsoft

Microsoft is working with Seattle Children's Research Institute to build a genomics database that will help reduce the number of sudden infant death syndrome cases, according to a blog post by Microsoft Healthcare Vice President Peter Lee.

A team at Microsoft started analyzing data from the CDC on 26 million births and deaths. Over a six-year period, the team studied 90 columns of data about every child born in the U.S.

By using the cloud on Microsoft Azure, the team found correlations that led to statistical increases in SIDS, Mr. Lee said. Microsoft introduced this data to Seattle Children's Research Institute, which is a leader in pediatric genomics and brain research.

Together, Seattle Children's and Microsoft developed advanced modelling techniques that analyze the relationship between smoking during pregnancy and SIDS-related deaths.

In the future, Seattle Children's and Microsoft hope to use sequenced whole genomes as an additional data set with the CDC data to further prevent SIDS.

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