IBM automates a leukemia treatment

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IBM automates a leukemia treatmentIn 1962, IBM’s George Judson works with the National Cancer Institute to design and build an apheresis machine to automate a slow, labor intensive leukemia treatment - the removal of cancerous leukocytes (white blood cells) from the patient. Judson spends the next several years refining his prototypes, and in 1966, IBM introduces the IBM 2990, the world’s first continuous-flow apheresis machine. The process has saved thousands of lives ever since.