Skip to main content

DeepMind AI cracked the protein-folding challenge

by Maria Powazka, Dec 1
1 minute read

DeepMind’s AI, has made a major breakthrough in the protein-folding challenge, one of the key outstanding biological challenges.

person holding green paper

So what?

The advance, which means protein shape will be predictable within hours rather than months, has massive implications. The breakthrough will improve disease tracking, drug discovery and help treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and specific forms of cancer. In the future, it can also help design ‘green enzymes’ that might break down plastic pollution, filter out carbon from atmosphere and improve agricultural yields. It might also have a role in future pandemic responses, reducing the time needed to discover vaccines.



by Maria Powazka Spotted 17 signals

Maria is a Digital Manager at Forum for the Future, based in London, UK.

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Join discussion

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.