Recursion

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Recursion Pharmaceuticals models rare genetic disorders in cells, which in turn makes the cells look funny.


There are many ways of looking funny. To discriminate between them, we use sophisticated computer vision approaches. This way, we can easily find ways of looking funny that are either impossible for the human eye to discriminate or very challenging to describe using human language. This sort of biological interrogation really helps us uncover phenotypes from genetic perturbations that might elude even the most careful observer using her eyes.


We then treat the cells with drug candidates to see if we can make them look normal again. We do a lot of this: thousands of disorders and thousands of drugs, all simultaneously - so we need fancy pipetting robots and cloud-based computation to make the whole thing smooth and scalable. It works like gangbusters.


For a more detailed discussion of this approach, please see this excellent article by one of our data scientists, Mason Victors.