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Bill Gates praises use of VR in ‘future of medicine’

Microsoft co-founder and world’s richest man Bill Gates is a fan of Virtual Reality (VR) and how it can be used in medicine. Gates says for him the ability of science to prevent and cure disease is magical and points to the work of National Institutes of Health (NIH) reasearchers and their ‘mind-blowing work.’

In a blog post, Bill Gates notes that he recently visited the Vaccine Research Center at NIH and got a glimpse of the future of medicine as he put on a VR headset. Gates says that his tour included ‘a very cool demonstration of how researchers are using VR to examine viruses for weak spots that they could target in making a vaccine or drug.’

“This state-of-the-art approach could lead to a universal flu vaccine—as opposed to today’s seasonal variety—and hopefully one day to an HIV vaccine. That virtual reality model is just one example of the NIH’s mind-blowing work. To me, the ability of science to prevent and cure disease is magical—and the magic starts in places like the NIH,” Gates wrote.

He also shared a video of his visit and the VR experience:

The NIH is working on diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, Ebola, Zika, Malaria, pneumonia, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and many others.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the federal agency that runs public medical research in the United States. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working with the NIH for years and it’s one of the most important research relationship the two organisations have.

John Beckett

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