Predicting Structures

Nov 16, 2021

New deep learning software can predict protein structures in minutes by simultaneously considering one-, two-, and three-dimensional information (sequence, distance, and coordinates, respectively), allowing the network to collectively reason about the relationship between a protein's amino acid sequence and its folded structure.


This editorial illustration is meant to capture the excitement in structural biology and the imaginations of science enthusiasts around the achievement that artificial intelligence is the answer to the protein folding problem. Taking cues from the research, three algorithmic tracks, illustrated as three parallel ribbons representing structure, distance, and coordinates, work in tandem to reveal the three- dimensional structure of a protein. The audience is educated lay public and subscribers of Science.


Cinema 4D, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator