Battling Coronavirus: How AI Accelerates Drug and Vaccine Research

While the novel Coronavirus continues to spread, on Jan 29th Alibaba Cloud opened its AI compute capabilities for free to all institutions working on virus gene sequencing. The system already can do in 15 minutes what used to take 120 hours. This piece from Synced China does a good job of explaining how AI is on the front lines of handling RNA-based virus detection and response, including Baidu’s LinearFold algorithm which takes 27 seconds to solve the RNA secondary structure of Coronavirus, 120x faster than traditional algos.

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