Computational method predicts new uses for existing medici – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An NIH-funded study is working to find new uses for existing medications. Dr. Atul Butte, an NIH grantee at Stanford University explains a computer program has been searching through publicly available data on both drugs and diseases.
Butte: If we could find 5 diseases that were similar to each other now in a molecular level—you know never mind what the doctors say, if they look like each other at a molecular level—and along came a 6th disease, but those 5 diseases are treated the same way, maybe that 6th disease could be treated the same way too.Narrator: For more on this study, visit www.nigms.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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