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A medical tablet may work on some individuals but it may have a negative reaction on others. Till now there was no way doctors could tell how the medicine will react in a particular individual but now thanks to a 12-year-old girl, they can
12-year-old girl from Knoxville Tennessee has devised a computer programme which could help doctors prevent a dangerous reaction to medicines. Sofia Tomov is one of the finalists in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a prestigious science competition for middle school students.
Tomov’s algorithm can be used by doctors as they screen patients to find out whether a particular patient is reactive to medicines as part of their routine medical care. The program’s purpose would be to identify any genetic mutations which could trigger a dangerous or possibly fatal reaction to prescribed drugs.
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According to the latest figures adverse reaction to drugs is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States.
Sofia, whose ambition is to get a doctorate in computer science and start her own company, admits that there is more work to be done before her initiative can be implemented.
“So far [scientists]have not found a feasible solution because the algorithms ar