A new artificial intelligence technology can accurately spot rare genetic disorders by looking at your face. DeepGestalt, an artificial intelligence built by the Boston-based tech company FDNA, outperformed clinicians in identifying a range of syndromes in three trials.

The new technology applies the deep learning algorithm to facial characteristics of an image, and produces a list of possible syndromes. The study shows 8 per cent of the population has diseases with key genetic components, and many have recognisable facial features.

This new facial scanning technology will add significant value in personalised care, according to the study published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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