Friday 21 February 2020

Artificial Intelligence to Identify New Antibiotics

A very promising use of artificial intelligence to identify new antibiotics has recently been published in Cell on February 20, 2020.  The article, A Deep Learning Approach to Antibiotic Discovery, by lead authors Johnathan M. Stokes, MIT, and Kevin Yang, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, (there are nine coauthors), details how the researchers used artificial intelligence to relatively quickly find new antibiotics.  Importantly, this paper provides some hope in the antibiotics field, which has seen few new developments and likely lacks adequate incentives to discover and produce new antibiotics.  The paper is available, here

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