Every week at an NIH drug-testing lab, a robotics system performs millions of experiments faster and with greater precision than any human could. The goal: to find new treatments and cures.
“We have an ongoing study in a form of leukemia, so we took cells directly from the hospital, drove them up here, put them on the robot, tested every drug that has ever been approved for human use, and found one that killed the cancer cells, but not the normal cells. That drug, within a year, went into people. We’ve seen this happen over and over and over again…actually, this robot has never done the same thing twice. Every time it does an experiment it is learning from every experiment it has done before. In the process, it fails 99.9% of the time. We have to have a process that is continually learning.” ~ Chris Austin, Narrator