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DeepMind’s AI could accelerate drug discovery (www.freethink.com)

TLDR; Summary

  • A new study suggests that AlphaFold, an AI trained by DeepMind, could be useful for drug discovery.
  • AlphaFold predicts protein structures based on the sequence of amino acids.
  • Researchers found that AlphaFold's predictions led to the identification of new compounds for drug discovery.
  • The hit rates for both traditional and AI-generated methods were similar in identifying compounds that could bind to proteins and alter their function.
  • The study's results need to be peer-reviewed and replicated by other labs, but if confirmed, AlphaFold could accelerate drug discovery.