AXIOS November 17, 2023
AI systems that have already made strides learning the language of humans are being trained to decipher the language of life encoded in DNA — and to use it to try to design new molecules.
Why it matters: AI that can make sense of biology’s information could help scientists to develop new therapeutics and to engineer cells to produce biofuels, materials, medicines and other products.
Background: Scientists have for decades worked to reverse engineer cells in order to design new proteins and improve molecules found in nature, increasingly with the help of computational tools.
- Other researchers have scoured Earth for compounds made by bacteria, fungi, plants and other organisms that can be useful for particular purposes but haven’t been...