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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Predicting Future of Covid

 Interesting predictive approach,  but don't understand its basis.

Predicting the Future of COVID

Boston College, January 6, 2022

A new analytical tool developed by a research team led by biologists at Boston College (BC) uses quantum mechanical modeling to predict future mutations of SARS-CoV-2. BC's Babak Momeni said, "We computationally predict what mutations allow better binding to host receptors and better evasion of antibodies." The goal is to prepare for future COVID variants of concern. Said Momeni, "We use a fully quantum mechanical model to theoretically assess how different mutations in the spike [protein of the coronavirus] can contribute to its increased, or decreased, binding strength to human ACE2." The study also found that factors other than binding may be involved in determining how a variant evolves.

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