AI network unlocks secrets of protein structures

This image shows part of a protein from (Cellulophaga baltica crAss-like) phage phi14:2, a virus that infects bacteria. This phage is part of a group of viruses that includes the most abundant virus in the human gut. The protein itself (gp66) is a newly-discovered DNA-dependent RNA polymerase.
An algorithm has provided the key to predicting the three-dimensional shapes of folded proteins, opening new pathways for science, including in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and the discovery of new drugs.  Molecular biologists announced a major breakthrough in the mapping of proteins in the human body on 30 November 2020, after an artificial intelligence (AI) network managed...

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Flying Qubits and Quantum Transistors – One More Piece in the Quantum Computing Puzzle

Developing components and systems for quantum information processing is a major task with a significant impact on the future of quantum computing. We are at a point where avid research is taking place in multiple directions; every little progress has the potential to shape the future of this industry. Within CEA Grenoble, Dr. Eleni Chatzikyriakou is working on simulating the operation of transistors,...

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Finding the elusive aquaporin modulators

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Aquaporins are channel proteins that facilitate the transport of water across cells. The discovery of aquaporins in 1992, for which researcher Peter Agre received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, opened the door to a new therapeutic approach for treating many health conditions. On one particular start-up’s journey in finding applicable aquaporin modulators, the student has become the master. Water...

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