AI Can Design Totally New Proteins From Scratch—It’s Time to Talk Biosecurity

AI Can Design Totally New Proteins From Scratch—It’s Time to Talk Biosecurity

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Two decades ago, engineering designer proteins was a dream. Now, thanks to AI, custom proteins are a dime a dozen. Made-to-order proteins often have specific shapes or components that give them abilities new to nature. From longer-lasting drugs and protein-based vaccines, to greener biofuels and plastic-eating proteins, the field is rapidly becoming a transformative technology. Custom protein design depends on deep learning techniques. With large language models—the AI behind OpenAI’s blockbuster ChatGPT—dreaming up millions of structures beyond human imagination, the library of bioactive designer proteins is set to rapidly expand. “It’s hugely empowering,” Dr. Neil King at the University of Washington recently told Nature . “Things that were impossible a year and a half ago—now you just do it.” Yet with great power comes great responsibility. As newly designed […]

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