Imagine in the future, if doctors and scientists could predict who was going to get sick, before it actually happens!
In the genomic era, using genetic data from pathogens like viruses and bacteria, and integrating this with big data, we will have the ability to predict the way diseases are being transmitted, rather than playing catch up and simply relying on plotting transmissions as they occur.
This is being driven by advances in computing and Artificial Intelligence, but also by advances in the laboratory that have made generating genetic sequence data faster and cheaper. My vision of the future for disease surveillance and health system monitoring might seem like something from Star Trek, but it's closer than many of us realise!
I did a talk on this recently at the Stanton Library in North Sydney for their 'Live Science' series- and have turned my slides in to a little clip, explaining the basics of some of the science behind these advances in disease surveillance. You can watch it here:
If you want to check out any of the research I included in the above clip, see the links below:
hepatitis C virus
Hospital acquired & drug resistant infections
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