Your digital twin could improve your health. here’s how

Digital twins virtual replicas of real-world objects – are already commonplace in manufacturing, industry and aerospace. There are very complex digital models of cities, ports and power plants, but what about people?

The idea of ​​digital lookalikes has long been confined to the realm of science fiction. But one A new book presented at the Science Museum in London last week suggests the concept could come to life.

In you virtualPeter Coveney, professor of chemistry and computer science at University College London, and Roger Highfield, scientific director of the Science Museum in London, show how far researchers have already gone in their quest for accurate digital simulations of people.

At the book launch, the authors were joined by leading healthcare digital twin experts from the University of Oxford, UCL, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). THE sign discussed the opportunities and challenges of creating a digital twin version of the human body, and its implications for medicine.

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The BSC has already created virtual models of living cells and whole organs. The most notable example is Alya Reda digital twin of a core comprising about 100 million virtual cells.

The heart does not beat inside a person but inside Mare Nostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. In collaboration with medical technology company Medtronic, Alya Red simulations can help position a pacemaker, fine-tune its electrical stimulus and model its effects. All without touching a real person.