We need Big Data to find a COVID-19 cure, says the pioneering geneticist
Mirian Miqui | March 24, 2020
Im an optimist,says Daniel Cohen, a legendary French scientist. “If we can make this combined and coordinated effort, not just our lab, but all scientists around the world, then, yes, I’m optimistic that we can. find a solution.Cohen talked about patients with COVID-19, a disease that results from the SARS-CoV2 virus, a disease that has gained worldwide attention and energy.Cohen, 69, ushered in the “Big Data” era in the life sciences in the late 1980’s, spearheading the effort made by the first “map” of the human genome.
As with the human genome project, where world leaders teamed with scientists to raise funds for laboratories that share information, Cohen believes the world needs to share large-scale data for COVID-19 patients, including symptoms , medical history and drugs to patients. are underway.We must make a coordinated effort to mutualize the medical records of COVID-19, including the records of all medications that are administered to patients,” said Cohen,to analyze, with artificial intelligence tools, the influence, positive or negative, of their conditions, and their drugs, on this disease.