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    Microsoft: Antispam tools assist HIV research

    Software developed by Microsoft to analyze massive databases and separate spam from legitimate e-mail could help create new vaccines to fight HIV, according to researchers at the company.

    At the ongoing Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, workers for Microsoft Research said they have been using database and antispam software to identify previously unseen patterns in genetic mutations of HIV. Working in collaboration with doctors and scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle and Australia's Royal Perth Hospital, the researchers plan to propose designs for new HIV vaccines based on the newly discovered patterns.

    The researchers said their work illustrates how medical experts can use machine-learning, data-mining and other software methods to sort through millions of strains of HIV and improve vaccines. By seeking out genetic patterns that could be used to train a person's immune system to fight the virus, they are already making headway, the researchers said. The group reported that the first of its proposed vaccine designs is already undergoing laboratory testing.

    "The potential for these vaccines is a powerful example of how computer science is transforming medical research and other areas of science," James Mullins, a microbiology professor at University of Washington, said in a statement. "These technologies weren't initially conceived as medical research tools, but they may prove to be critical to the ongoing battle to slow down or halt HIV and other deadly viruses."

    Microsoft Research said the new vaccine designs are being tested at the University of Washington, where samples of immune cells are taken from HIV-infected patients and examined to help determine what genetic patterns may aid in warding off HIV. Additional tests are scheduled at the Royal Perth Hospital. Results from both trials should be available later this year, the researchers said.

    The group plans to use the same techniques to analyze different strains of HIV gathered from around the globe.

    "Science is changing rapidly with the explosion of new data, and we've only scratched the surface of what computers can do to help advance this kind of research," David Heckerman, senior researcher at Microsoft's Research Machine Learning and Applied Statistics Group, said in a statement. "I'm inspired by the idea that new algorithms and software we have developed could potentially benefit so many people some day."
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    I think I'd trust a vaccine created by M$ about as much as I trust their software never to crash.
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    We are all luck that M$ is not a medicine-related copmpany...
    It would have killed thousands of people before fixing its products flaws,,,
    Like what it is already doing with its Wondoze.....
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    Much respect for Microsoft to do this, IMHO this can go on the list of "well, atleast m$ do this:" list. Along with donations and reduced price pricing plans for developing countries. I never believed M$ were really that evil.

    Good on to them, but im sure the Perth Researchers couldve done this along time ago with other companies. But just as WWI and WWII generated a considerable GDP for the participating countries, this proves that the Electronic war is only just beginning
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