Computers select personal medicine

Computers select personal medicine

Peter CpveneyPeter Coveney holds up a model of the HIV protease and a blocking drug molecule

UK-US scientists have given one glimpse of the future of personalised medicine.

Using supercomputers, they simulated the shape of a key protein involved in HIV infection in an individual patient and then ranked the drug molecules most likely to block the activity.

The research was reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In the future, it is expected that patient-specific drug selection will become routine.

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