Researchers use AI to detect new family of genes in gut bacteria

Researchers use AI to detect new family of genes in gut bacteria

Researchers use AI to detect new family of genes in gut bacteria Using artificial intelligence, UT Southwestern researchers have discovered a new family of sensing genes in enteric bacteria that are linked by structure and probably function, but not genetic sequence. The findings, published in PNAS, offer a new way of identifying the role of genes in unrelated species and could lead to new ways to fight intestinal bacterial infections. "We identified similarities in these proteins in reverse of how it's usually done. Instead of using sequence, Lisa looked for matches in their structure," said Kim Orth, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, who co-led the study with Lisa Kinch, Ph.D., a bioinformatics specialist in the Department of Molecular Biology. Dr. Orth's lab has long focused on studying how …
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