To avoid system errors, if Chrome is your preferred browser, please update to the latest version of Chrome (81 or higher) or use an alternative browser.
Click here to login if you're an NAE Member
Recover Your Account Information
LEDE: When dealing with epidemics or bioterrorism, a fast response is vital. Researchers are now turning to supercomputers for help.
Randy Atkins: If someone contracts a new or mutated pathogen, correctly diagnosing and treating them could take months. So Cong Trinh, an engineer at the University of Tennessee, is working on a system that uses complex algorithms and supercomputers to analyze a germ’s D-N-A and identify its most vulnerable genes.
Cong Trinh: The system allows us to identify and inactivate the pathogens, especially those that are rapidly evolved and virulent.
Randy Atkins: Once target genes are identified, medicines or gene therapy techniques can be used to inactivate them and destroy the pathogen.
Cong Trinh: By inactivating them at the genetic level, we…inactivate them even before they have a chance to evolve or adapt.
Randy Atkins: While still in the lab testing stage, Trinh hopes to start clinical trials in about two to three years. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.