DeepMind’s brain: Shape of things to come

Has one of the most important questions of science now been answered? From the headlines you might think so. For some biology’s “holy grail” had been found. For others planetary extinction could be averted. On the surface the news seemed rather mundane. Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind won an international competition that asked entrants to predict how proteins fold in three dimensions given only the sequences of their chemical links, or amino acids.

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