June 24, 2014

Facial recognition technology used to spot genetic disorders

New software will be able to track changes to patients’ features using thousands of photographs

New technology could help doctors to diagnose rare genetic disorders through face-recognition software similar to that used in modern handheld cameras.

Between 30 and 40 per cent of genetic disorders – including Down’s syndrome and the rare Angelman syndrome – involve some kind of change to the face or skull.