Eric Topol October 1, 2023
AlphaFold was the first A.I. to receive the Lasker Award since the “American Nobels” began in 1945
Not long ago scientists might spend 2 or 3 years to define the 3-dimensional structure of a protein, relying on many advanced tools like cryogenic electron microscopy and crystallography. It was painstaking work and only a relatively limited number of proteins could be approached, many unsuccessfully. Now that can be done for nearly all proteins in a matter of minutes, thanks to advances in A.I. Even new proteins, not existing in nature, never previously conceived, can now be created.
The work in life science to predict 3D protein structure from amino acid sequence traces back to the 1960s, and in more recent times...