Meta’s new AI just predicted the shape of 600 million proteins in 2 weeks

Scientists at Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, have used an artificial intelligence (AI) language model to predict the unknown structures of more than 600 million proteins belonging to virusesbacteria and other microbes.

The program, called ESMFold, used a model that was originally designed for decoding human languages ​​to make accurate predictions of the twists and turns taken by proteins that determine their 3D structure. The predictions, which were compiled into the open-source ESM Metagenomic Atlascould be used to help develop new drugs, characterize unknown microbial functions, and trace the evolutionary connections between distantly related species.

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