An artificial intelligence lab in London has built a computer system to map out complex proteins in less than a few hours — a process that has previously taken years to do manually
DeepMind, a lab owned by the same parent company as Google, said on Monday that its system had solved what is known as “the protein folding problem.” Given the string of amino acids that make up a protein, the system can rapidly and reliably predict its three-dimensional shape.
The breakthrough arrives too late to make a significant impact on the coronavirus. But researchers believe DeepMind’s methods could accelerate the response to future pandemics.
It is hoped this new AI can help scientists gain a better understanding of genetic diseases along the lines of Alzheimer’s or cystic fibrosis.
Facebook Inc. has acquired Kustomer Inc., a New York-based software company that helps businesses manage customer conversations from multiple services on one dashboard.
The deal was valued at more than $1 billion, said a person familiar with the deal who asked not to be identified because the terms were private.
The social media giant made the deal to bolster efforts to monetize its messaging business, which is expanding to include customer-service products that help companies interact with people via chat apps, like WhatsApp and Messenger.