Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Corona, Gene Therapy, Obama, Kurzweil
Sam Ghandchi

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We are fighting corona virus pandemic the same way we fought the 1918 influenza pandemic, perhaps with similar casualties, because we effectively stopped Gene Therapy research in 2013 due to fear of side-effects, a huge mistake. Did President Obama consult with Ray Kurzweil when he cut off funding for gene therapy projects in 2013, right after his re-election? No! Even if this corona pandemic ends in a natural way, how are we going to deal with the next virus pandemic? Gene therapy making us genetically resistant to new viruses is what we need as a solution in 21st Century, even for cancer, RA, etc., and to deal with side effects, because of slow nature of biological testing and multitude of side effects, we need to focus on computer simulation. Please read Ray Kurzweil's comment about simulation which he wrote for an article I published in September 2019. The following is what Kurzweil wrote 8 months ago:


"One of the primary goals of AI is to simulate biology. That will combine the powers of AI with biotechnology, with profound benefits. Then we can find examples for any biochemical problem and to actually test them in hours rather than years. Just this month, researchers at Flinders University in Australia created a “turbocharged” flu vaccine. They used a biology simulator to find drugs that activate the human immune system. It created trillions of chemical compounds and they used another simulator to see if each one would be useful as immune-boosting drugs against this disease agent. They have an optimal flu vaccine which is now being tested. Ultimately we will rely on the simulators rather than human testing. The FDA is actually now accepting simulator results instead of human results in testing new vaccines such as this year’s flu vaccine since we can’t wait a year or more to approve it. As these simulators get richer, we will trust the simulator to do the testing and test them in hours or days rather than years. As our biology simulators get more general, this should work on all interventions in biology, particularly as we go through the 2020s."*


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi
March 30, 2020
















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