In its development, humanity is rapidly approaching the point where all the work for him will do artificial intelligence. It sounds fantastic, but this future is much closer than it seems. Confirmation of these words are the latest achievements of AI, developed by a team of scientists from the University of Flinders. He created the flu vaccine. himself.
Of course, this is not the first time that AI has served medicine. Previously, robots and surgical operations were performed, and the disease was diagnosed, and in the creation of drugs helped. But before artificial intelligence could invent their own vaccine, it did not reach. Till recently. Australian researchers have created an AI program, which is an algorithm to search for ligands, and put it in a pair with his other development — "synthetic chemist", generating trillions of different compounds. The second "fed" data to the first, which, in turn, selected drugs that can interact with the human immune system as a vaccine against influenza.
The experiment was successful — AI was able to withdraw the vaccine from a common disease. Scientists synthesized the proposed program composition and tested it in the laboratory. First on human cell culture, and then on animals. So how good is the vaccine? According to the researchers, almost perfect.
"During the study, it became clear that the vaccine works. It has the highest degree of protection of the body against influenza, far surpassing in this parameter all currently existing vaccines. It remains only to confirm the results in humans," said Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, the lead author of the study.
Precise data about when scientists undertake the verification of the vaccine on humans yet. But most likely, it will happen very soon: the researchers received a grant to conduct experiments from the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases of the United States. They have already begun preparations for a 12-month trial of a promising drug.