Scientists use Artificial Intelligence to Discover Powerful Antibiotic

Artificial Intelligence discover powerful antibiotic

In a major breakthrough, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using the artificial intelligence (AI). The experts believe that this breakthrough will help a great deal in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. During the research, more than one hundred million chemical compounds were analysed using a powerful algorithm.

In terms of antibiotic discovery, this is absolutely a first

Regina Barzilay, a senior researcher on the project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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According to the researchers, this newly discovered compound was able to kill 35 types of potentially deadly bacteria.

I think this is one of the more powerful antibiotics that has been discovered to date

James Collins, Professor of Medical Engineering at MIT

If antibiotics are taken inappropriately, harmful bacteria in our body can become resistant to them. This means the medicines may not work against them. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the phenomenon “one of the biggest threats to global health security and development today”.

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