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AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution

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Posted: 23/07/21 - 09:41
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Artificial intelligence has been used to predict the structures of almost every protein made by the human body.

The development could help supercharge the discovery of new drugs to treat disease, alongside other applications.

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 called AlphaFold to predict 350,000 protein structures belonging to humans and other organisms.

I Call Bull: AI is being given all these accolades but as of yet has not really delivered so I'm calling BULL until we actually see one of these amazing breakthroughs bear fruit

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58 days
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It'll happen sooner rather than later at this rate.
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The day we perfect AI will mark a very scary day for the human race
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The positions of 35.7% were predicted with a very high degree of confidence - double the number confirmed by experiments.

I mean its better but it is a long way off perfect