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DeepMind’s protein-mapping breakthrough is awesome, but it sure as heck isn’t free


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DeepMind, the UK-based, Google sister-company, has released a groundbreaking map of human protein structures developed with its breakthrough AI systems.

That’s right, the company that taught AI to defeat humanity’s greatest chess and Go masters has turned its attentions to the greater good. And scientifically speaking, this is really good.

What is protein-mapping and what do board games have to do with any of this?

It’s really complex, but here’s the gist: proteins are the worker bees inside living cells. They do all sorts of stuff from maintaining your fluid balance to repairing damaged tissue and fighting disease.

In short, proteins are responsible for nearly every biochemical reaction that occurs in all living things. Mapping them ...


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