Can a Simulation Save Lives?
Simulations have been used as training tools for years in fields such as aviation, biomechanics, engineering and, of course, business. Even in the medical field, simulations are used quite frequently to teach diagnostic and training procedures. However, a breakthrough development has come along in medicine, as scientists are now using simulations to discover how HIV evolves in the body.
Earlier this year, findings were published that Dr. Jack da Silva from the University of Adelaide used computer simulations to discover how rapidly HIV evolves, even in its early stages. His results have changed how people thought about the way the virus spreads, and thus given researchers a new angle on how to attack HIV.
Things didn’t stop there, though. Just a few weeks ago, several Spanish medical researchers made a breakthrough on a crucial step in the life cycle of HIV maturation. Using molecular simulation techniques, for the first time they were able to find how the virus replicates. This discovery will allow for healthcare companies to create new pharmaceutical products.
It is times like this that allow us to look back on the greater good that simulations can provide. As a teaching and discovery tool, their importance is unprecedented; the hands-on application and technology that are a part of simulations create a nearly endless potential for learning.
Whether it is a student learning the building blocks of business or scientists finding a cure for one of the deadliest viruses our world faces, simulations have shown through the years to have a wide array of uses. Let us all hope that the world’s progress with simulations continues.