Computational tool uses DNA-encoded approach to integrate and analyze different health databases

Brazilian researchers have created an innovative and agile computational tool to link and analyze different health databases with millions of patient records. Called Tucuxi-BLAST, the platform encodes identification records in a database, such as patient name, mother’s name and place of birth, using letters that represent the nucleotides in a DNA sequence (A, T, C or G). This “conversion” of individuals to DNA enables accurate record linkage across databases despite typographical errors and other inconsistencies.

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