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How AI Is Changing the Way Scientists Engineer Drugs, Biosensors, Enzymes and More

By July 11, 2023No Comments

Inside the headquarters of Outpace Bio in Seattle, senior scientist Bobby Langan shows a video of one of his favorite deep-learning tools, used to create experimental cancer therapeutics.

A fuzzy blob coalesces into a molecular model of a protein, its pastel atoms wrapping precisely around its target, a regulator of the immune response.

The software operates much like the AI tool DALL-E, known for generating images through verbal prompts. But instead of psychedelic cats or lurid landscapes, the tool at Outpace dreams up designs of proteins, one of life’s key building blocks. “It starts from scratch and generates an image,” said Langan of the software, called RF Diffusion.