- Posted by admin@FC
- On 10th December 2018
Protein folding could help diagnose and treat some of the worst diseases, and DeepMind believes AI can speed up that process.
Conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and cystic fibrosis are suspected to be caused by misfolded proteins. Being able to predict a protein’s shape enables a greater understanding of its role within the body.
Previous techniques used for determining the shapes of proteins – such as cryo-electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and X-ray crystallography – takes years and costs tens of thousands of dollars per structure.
AI, the researchers hope, will enable target shapes to be modelled from scratch without requiring previously solved proteins to be used as templates.