A.I. Is Not Going to Magically Deliver a Coronavirus Vaccine

The discovery of a chemical compound with antibiotic properties is a helpful case study in the potential — and limits — of using A.I. to develop new treatments

Photo of a researcher wearing gloves and safety gear pipetting into tubes.
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“At the end of the day, you still have to run the experiments in the laboratory.”

“Trying to teach the immune system something, versus just trying to not kill it, is a step change in difficulty.”

Journalist with words at Time, Quartz, and elsewhere. Author of Ghosts in the Forest, a Kindle Single.

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