AI predicts protein structure


Proteins are essential building blocks of living organisms. Every human cell is replete with them. While the understanding of the shapes of proteins is important for making medical advances, only a fraction of these had been deciphered until recently. The ability to use artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the structures of almost every protein made by the human body could help to accelerate the discovery of new drugs to treat disease. A program called AlphaFold can predict the structures of 350,000 proteins belonging to humans and other organisms.