Alexandrov offers the following scenario to elaborate on some of the benefits of a virtual twin:
“When the boy is 10, flu leaves him with a complication – severe bronchitis. Which antibiotic to prescribe? The family doctor downloads Peter’s virtual twin, updates it with the latest tests, and runs simulations for the range of available antibiotics to anticipate short-term and long-term effects. This identifies both the perfect drug and one that would have had a life-threatening, long-term effect on Peter’s blood-clotting ability, possibly leading to a future stroke.”
“No matter how far along this project comes along a computer model would not be able to PREDICT the reaction to a drug that has not been tested.”
“The problem with using computer simulations is that they are only as good as the data that are used to construct them. We do not fully understand our own genome.”
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