New tools to thwart Covid mutations

eAwaz Health

New York – Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a new method to counter emergent mutations of Covid-19 and hasten vaccine development to stop the pathogen responsible for killing thousands of people and ruining economies using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The method is easily adaptable to analyze potential mutations of the virus, to quickly identified the best possible vaccines, solutions that give humans huge advantage over evolving contagion. Researcher Paul Bogdan from the varsity said: “This AI framework, applied to the specifics of this virus, can provide vaccine candidates within seconds and move them to clinical trials quickly to achieve preventive medical therapies without compromising safety. This can be adapted to help us stay ahead of the coronavirus as it mutates around the world.”
When applied to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, the computer model quickly eliminated 95 per cent of the compounds that could’ve possibly treated the pathogen and pinpointed the best options, the study said that was published in the journal Scientific Reports. It predicted 26 potential vaccines to work against the coronavirus. The engineers can construct a new multi-epitope vaccine for a new virus in less than a minute and validate its quality within an hour, they added. By contrast, current processes to control the virus require growing the pathogen in the lab, deactivating it and injecting the virus that caused a disease.