There’s a growing number of AI tools tackling the world’s problems—and pandemics, it appears, is one of the latest to get a digital assist.

A new AI system named EVEscape can predict alterations likely to occur to viruses as they evolve—potentially forecasting the next concerning COVID variants and mutations, as well as changes to other viruses like the flu and HIV.

Developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford in 2021, the system was detailed in an Oct. 11 article in Nature. Had it been available at the start of the pandemic, EVEscape would have predicted the most frequent mutations and most concerning variants of COVID, its creators contend.

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