Alibaba and Baidu offer AI genomics research to help fight the China coronavirus outbreak

“The secret to stopping the deadly coronavirus is hidden in its genome. Epidemiologists in China are currently racing to develop a vaccine and other treatments for the novel coronavirus, which has already killed at least 170 people and infected thousands. China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said researchers isolated virus strains for vaccine development, according to a report from state media last week. Similar efforts have been going on in Australia, where scientists have recreated the virus and shared the genome sequence.”

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

  • “January 9, the World Health Organization notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China
  • January 6, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had gotten the word out
  • December 31, AI-driven BlueDot, a Canadian health monitoring platform had beaten them both to the punch, sending word of the outbreak to its customer”