New protein database could 'revolutionise' way diseases - including COVID-19, dementia, and cancer - are treated
A new "game-changer" scientific database could revolutionise the way diseases - including dementia, cancer and COVID-19 - are treated, scientists have said.
One expert said the new index of protein shapes contains one of the most important datasets since the mapping of the human genome - a 13-year effort that led to the cataloguing of all human beings.
Researchers from Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) lab DeepMind, and European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL), have launched the database, which features 20,000 structures for the complete set of proteins expressed in the human body, known as the human proteome.
The team used an AI program called AlphaFold to visualise the structure of these "building blocks of life".
EMBL's deputy director general, Ewan Birney said: "Making AlphaFold predictions accessible to the international scientific community opens up so many new research avenues, from neglected diseases to new enzymes for biotechnology and everything in between.
"This is a great new scientific tool, which complements existing technologies, and will allow us to push the boundaries of our understanding of the world."
Ben Perry, discovery open innovation leader at …
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