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Without any evidence, I have wondered it might be possible to predict the upcoming mutations of the COVID-19 virus. I am further assuming people did so.

So, has someone correctly predicted the emergence of one of the variants of SARS-CoV-2 (like the Delta variant)?

I would be happy to have an explanation in layman's terms and citations to papers (if any).

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    $\begingroup$ They probably failed, otherwise Covid won't be such a world-wide pandemic. $\endgroup$ Dec 5 '21 at 20:45
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Atomwise, an AI startup, uses a 3d convolution neural network to predict if a molecule will bind to an protein. The covid protein had several human attempts to find a molecule to bind.

See on young inventors approach to solving covid

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/18/us/anika-chebrolu-covid-treatment-award-scn-trnd/index.html

Anika's winning invention uses in-silico methodology to discover a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

I wonder if the atomwise simulator would concur that lead would bind to the spike protein

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