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GPU and Machine Learning Identify Spots on DNA That Are Likely to Mutate

GPU and Machine Learning Identify Spots on DNA That Are Likely to Mutate

One of the hardest parts of genetic research is reading DNA. In 2013, scientists invented Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-Seq), a method of rooting around in chromatin to see what’s going on. Enter AtacWorks, a machine learning program that augments ATAC-Seq and makes the data much easier to read. To train AtacWork, scientists fed it a raw chromatin dataset and the same dataset after it had been cleaned up using ATAC-Seq. Fundamentally, what is happening here is that AI—powered by GPUs typically used for gaming (and increasingly, of course, research)—is making key genetic research both much easier and much faster.