The Microsoft Company researchers have recently stated that their company has developed new antispam software to effectively combat the increasing flood of spam. This Microsoft antispam software is capable of analyzing large databases and is able to separate spam from legitimate email. This software has unexpectedly occurred to be also able to provide with the resources necessary to research new vaccines fighting HIV.
Microsoft Research workers have participated at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections which was held in Boston and they said that they have been using antispam software and massive databases to identify the previously unknown patterns of the HIV virus under the genetic mutations. They have been working in collaboration with scientists and doctors from the Royal Perth Hospital, Australia and from the University of Washington situated in Seattle. They said they plan to present new formulas for the HIV vaccines, which are to base on the recently discovered mutated patterns with the help of the latest antispam software.
The researchers have stated that their activity demonstrates the way medical experts can use data mining, machine-learning and other computerized methods to differ between a massive flock of the HIV strains, thus improving vaccines. The researchers said that they have already made significant progress by seeking out genetic patterns which can be used for training the immune system of a person so that it can effectively fight the virus. The research group said that laboratory testing of the first design for vaccine developed by their team is already in progress.
James Mullins, a microbiology professor, the representative of the University of Washington, has made a statement: "The potential for these vaccines is a powerful example of how computer science is transforming medical research and other areas of science. These technologies weren't initially conceived as medical research tools, but they may prove to be critical to the ongoing battle to slow down or halt HIV and other deadly viruses."
The Microsoft Research team has stated that the University of Washington has already launched the testing of the new vaccine designs. During this testing, the immune cells samples are extracted from the HIV-infected patients. They are being examined to determine the genetic patterns which can help to ward off HIV. The Royal Perth Hospital runs additional tests in this direction. The researchers said that the results from both these institutions will be available at the end of the year.
The group of researchers said they plan to implement the same method of using antispam software all over the world to make the analysis of different strains of HIV much more effective than it is at the present time.
In his statement, David Heckerman, the Microsoft's Research Machine Learning and Applied Statistics Group senior researcher, said the following: "Science is changing rapidly with the explosion of new data, and we've only scratched the surface of what computers can do to help advance this kind of research. I'm inspired by the idea that new algorithms and software we have developed could potentially benefit so many people some day."
As you can see, antispam software and the one that removes viruses, spyware adware and other malicious programs, can contribute to the development of medicine as well. Let's say our "wow" to the Microsoft Company.