Artificial Intelligence

This AI has learned a new trick: how to do chemistry

AlphaFold program used the protein databank as its training set, which contains the experimentally determined structures of over 150,000 proteins. Image: Unsplash/National Cancer Institute

Marc Zimmer

Professor, Connecticut College

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For a protein to do its job in the cell, it must twist and bend into a complex three-dimensional structure. Image: Marc Zimmer

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When we presented AlphaFold2 with the sequences of 44 fluorescent proteins that are not in the protein databank, it folded the fixed fluorescent proteins differently from the broken ones. Image: Wen Lu and Vladimir I. Gelfand, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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AlphaFold2 figured out which amino acids in fluorescent proteins do the chemistry that makes them glow. Image: Marc Zimmer

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