AlphaFold’s new rival? Meta AI predicts shape of 600 million proteins

15 Nov 2022

Researchers at Meta (formerly Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, California) have used AI to predict the structures of some 600 million proteins from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that haven’t been characterized. These are the structures we know the least about. “These are incredibly mysterious proteins. I think they offer the potential for great insight into biology,” says Alexander Rives, the research lead of Meta AI’s protein team. The scientists generated the predictions — described in a 1 November preprint1 — using a ‘large language model’, a type of AI that can predict text from just a few letters or words.

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