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MIT Uses AI - Discovers Antibiotic - a 1st
MIT Scientists' Antibiotic Breakthrough
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Drug Kills Antibiotic Resistant, Killer Bacteria
MIT scientists have achieved a world first. They've used artificial intelligence (AI) to discover what may be the world's most powerful antibiotic. The power and promise of the drug is its ability to fight the growing global epidemic of deadly bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The World Health Organization calls these bacteria one of the biggest threats to global health. The MIT discovered molecule kills antibiotic resistant, killer bacteria.
Machine Learning Algorithm
The key to the MIT team's success is artificial intelligence and the powerful algorithm they created. The MIT scientists say the algorithm was inspired by the architecture of the human brain. The algorithm analyzed millions of chemical compounds and thousands of drugs to identify those with enough attributes to kill e-coli. Through the process, they identified a molecule called Halicin, which had been investigated as a potential diabetes drug.
The scientists found that Halicin is able to kill 35 types of potentially deadly, drug-resistant bacteria including e-coli and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Some of the bacterial strains Halicin proved effective against had no known cures. In a 30 day treatment use of the drug on "mouse models" in the lab, e-coli developed no resistance to the drug.
This remarkable drug discovery was just published in the journal Cell. The MIT team hopes to work with a pharmaceutical company or non-profit to develop and commercialize the drug for human use. This is being hailed as one of the most powerful antibiotics developed to date.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…