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🧬 Google's super AI helps scientists understand the coronavirus

🧬 Google's super AI helps scientists understand the coronavirus

DeepMind became famous by winning over humans in the complicated board game Go, but the artificial intelligence can also be used to understand a virus and help find a vaccine.

Mathias Sundin
Mathias Sundin

Knowing a protein's structure is important for understanding how it works. It usually takes months, but with DeepMinds AI, AlphaFold, it can be done much faster than that.

Now, Google has made available AlphaFold's estimates of the structure of six proteins associated with COVID-19, which can provide a sort of drawing of the virus, and enable the development of a vaccine.

AlphaFold, the name of the AI, was launched in January in an article in Nature. It creates estimates of what a protein looks like, and does it with greater precision than any other known software. Also, much faster than you can do in a lab.

DeepMind is an AI company that Google bought in 2014. They have made themselves known primarily by winning over human grand masters in the board game Go, which you could see in a Netflix documentary.