This AI system can design RNA


RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is present in all living cells. It acts as a messenger, carrying instructions from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that dictate how proteins in the body are synthesized. And when it doesn't work as it should, it can severely affect neurological, cardiovascular, and muscular regulatory processes, resulting in effects like tumors, insulin resistance, and motor skill impairment. That's why researchers at the University of Freiburg's Department of Computer Science developed an AI system -- LEARNA -- that can learn to design RNA molecules for study. It's described in a new paper ("Learning to Design RNA") published this week on the preprint server