rose-sharplessArtificial intelligence could be a “game-changer” in the fight against cancer, and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Ned Sharpless ’88 is among the first to put it to the test.

This year UNC Lineberger took part in a study that tapped into the power of IBM’s Watson. The computing system helped doctors comb through millions of medical research papers in a matter of minutes. Some papers had only been published days earlier.

And in more than 300 cases, Watson uncovered potential treatments that physicians didn’t know about.

Sharpless told 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose the experience “blew his mind.” Watch the full report at the link below.