A team of Scientists from the National Human Genome Research Institute used the Facial recognition for something different purpose. They used it to diagnose a rare genetic condition called DiGeorge Syndrome in non-Caucasia populations.

Explaining the Syndrome NHGRI Medical Geneticist Paul Kruszka said

“Human malformation syndromes appear different in different parts of the world. Even experienced clinicians have difficulty diagnosing genetic syndromes in non-European populations.” That’s where facial recognition comes in. dims

With this technique team studied the photographs of 101 participants with the rare syndrome from Africa, Latin America and Asia. They then developed a facial recognition tech that was able to correctly diagnose the condition 96.6 percent of the time during their trial runs. The team says their tech can diagnose Down’s syndrome, as well.

While it could take a while, the researchers plan to develop their creation further until it can help healthcare providers around the world. Someday, doctors could simply take a patient’s picture with their phone, have it analyzed by the facial recognition system and receive a diagnosis.