Sunday, September 19

“It will transform what we know about how life works”: the breakthrough in artificial intelligence that can revolutionize medicine

  • Paul Rincon
  • BBC News Science Editor

Illustration of the three-dimensional structure of a protein

Image source, KAREN ARNOTT


The amino acid chains of each protein fold into a unique three-dimensional structure. And that shape determines its function in the human body.

Artificial intelligence was used to predict the structures of almost all proteins produced by the human body, according to a new study.

The breakthrough could drive the discovery of new drugs to treat diseases, in addition to other applications.

Proteins are essential components of living organisms. Each of our cells is packed with these “essential building blocks” of life.

Understanding the forms of proteins is critical to the advancement of medicine, but so far only the structure of a fraction of them had been elucidated.

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