Hundreds of scientists around the world enter a competition every 2 years called the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction.
“Tackling a biological puzzle they call ‘the protein folding problem,’ they try to predict the three-dimensional shape of proteins in the human body. No one knows how to solve the problem. Even the winners only chip away at it. But a solution could streamline the way scientists create new medicines and fight disease,” according to a report in the New York Times.
In 2019, those scientists did not win the contest. “It was won by DeepMind, the artificial intelligence lab owned by Google’s parent company. DeepMind specializes in ‘deep learning,’ a type of artificial intelligence that is rapidly changing drug discovery science.”
1. Metz C. “Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence,” New York Times. Feb. 5, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/technology/artificial-intelligence-drug-research-deepmind.html. Accessed Feb 7, 2019.