Facing the Future

Diagnosing a rare and hard-to-treat genetic condition using an app on your phone sounds like pure science fiction. But Moti Shniberg and Dekel Gelbman, two of the minds behind FDNA and its app Face2Gene, have made that concept into a reality. The technology represents the cutting edge of phenotypical diagnosis for a whole group of serious medical problems — and has huge potential for expansion.

Dysmorphology: even sophisticated medical consumers are unfamiliar with the term. It refers to a method of medical diagnosis whereby serious underlying genetic conditions are detected through examining facial and bodily deformities. It was an art long essential in diagnosing a large …

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