Modeling mutations

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/this-ai-tool-coul…

Here’s an interesting article about an AI that models the mutations. It predicted the rise of the BA2 variant. If it had been in place in 2020, it would have predicted the rise of the alpha variant.

In the article, it is stated, “We actually think successful lineages are driven by a small number of mutations, and the others are just sort of along for the ride.” Hopefully this means that the mutation model can predict the next variants, and this information can be incorporated into the vaccines.

Hopefully this means that the mutation model can predict the next variants, and this information can be incorporated into the vaccines.

I wonder if they can do this for the flu as well?