The prediction of the structures of the human proteome using DeepMind’s AI-driven AlphaFold algorithm is one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs since the mapping of the human genome.
DeepMind and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) are providing access to AlphaFold’s predictions in a database so scientists all over the world can use the system as a tool to enable and accelerate research and open up completely new avenues of scientific discovery. Making the data of protein predictions freely and openly available to the scientific community accelerates the impact of this technology.
Accurately predicting the structure of proteins has the potential to accelerate discovery in relation to a range of scientific applications, e.g. in developing new drugs and treatments for diseases, in designing future crops that can withstand climate change or in developing enzymes that can degrade plastic.