Novel approach to fighting HIV

This is not going to directly affect the number of pharmacy spams you get each day, but a joint initiative of Microsoft Research, the University of Washington in Seattle and Royal Perth Hospital in Australia is using antispam tools used to develop HIV fighting drugs.

The effort is using data mining technology out of Microsoft’s antispam software to map genetic mutations of the HIV virus (constant mutation is one reason why vaccines have short life spans). The mapping being done is used to add additional genetic markers to vaccines, in much the same way as spam filters use common words or phrases to weed out junk mail.

Very interesting.