DiGeorge Syndrome is a rare genetic condition in non-Caucasians which is also equally difficult to diagnose. This is due to medical complications and cognitive conditions caused by the deletion of a tiny segment in chromosome 22, according to Engadget. So researchers are now availing of facial recognition technology, which is otherwise used in identifying criminals, to help diagnose people with DiGeorge Syndrome.
A team at NHGRI studied the photographs of 101 participants with the rare disease from Africa, Asia and Latin America and developed a facial recognition tech that was able to correctly diagnose the condition 96.6% of the time during their trial runs. The tech is also able to diagnose Down’s syndrome. They are hopeful that eventually doctors can simply take a picture of a patient and be able to receive a diagnosis via the facial recognition tech.