AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution

AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution

AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website - Published Artificial intelligence has been used to predict the structures of almost every protein made by the human body. Proteins are essential building blocks of living organisms; every cell we have in us is packed with them. Understanding protein structures is critical for advancing medicine, but until now, only a fraction of these have been worked out. Researchers used a program to predict 350,000 protein structures belonging to humans and other organisms. The development could help supercharge the discovery of new medicines, alongside other applications. The instructions for making human proteins are contained in our genomes - the DNA contained in the nuclei of human cells. There are around 20,000 of these proteins expressed by the human genome. Collectively, biologists refer to this full complement as the "proteome". Commenting on the results, Dr Demis Hassabis, chief executive and co-founder of Deep Mind, said: "We believe it's the most complete and accurate picture of the human proteome to date. "We believe this work represents the most …
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