PDA

View Full Version : Spam filters may lead scientists to AIDS vaccine



LinkinJunior
02-25-2005, 09:43 PM
USA - Software scientists at Microsoft Research have teamed up with biomedical researchers in Seattle, Boston and Perth, Australia, to see if computer techniques used to defeat e-mail spam can also be used to help design a vaccine that can defeat AIDS.Today, members of this unique collaboration will announce a plan to use "machine learning" or "data mining" computational techniques to decipher HIV's wildly creative genetic ability to constantly change and disguise itself from immune system detection and deletion.

"HIV mutates like crazy, but it does show a pattern," said Dr. David Heckerman, a physician and computer scientist at Microsoft Research.

"It isn't completely random," added Heckerman's colleague Nebojsa Jojic. Just as a spammer can add only so much nonsense or other disguising characters without obscuring the message, Jojic said, so can the AIDS virus vary only so much without disabling itself.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7017534/

hope it works.

Amanda
02-25-2005, 10:05 PM
whoa... that's so crazy. Personally I pray it works. We need a cure for HIV/AIDs

Chris Luke
02-25-2005, 10:28 PM
For the first time in the history of the internet, spam might actually help us.

Amanda
02-25-2005, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by fdmfkjd@Feb 25 2005, 10:46 PM
For the first time in the history of the internet, spam might actually help us.
yeah, right? who knew. :lol:

Glenn
02-26-2005, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by fdmfkjd@Feb 25 2005, 05:46 PM
For the first time in the history of the internet, spam might actually help us.
:lol:

LPrevolution
02-27-2005, 02:18 PM
that is pretty interesting. I really hope it works.