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Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI

bbc.com
  • In what MIT researchers call a first-of-its-kind discovery, a neural network AI algorithm helped scientists find a new type of drug.
  • It’s halicin, and it’s suspected to be one of the most powerful antibiotics discovered to date.
  • The algorithm analysed 6,000 chemical compounds, and isolated one special molecule.
  • Just a few weeks ago, a different drug molecule, also discovered by AI, became the first to be used in human trials.
  • This study is important because it adds proof that AI can be very helpful in discovering new substances, and it’s a big step in the battle against drug resistance.

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