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DeepMind's protein-folding AI has solved a 50-year-old grand challenge of biology

DeepMind has already notched up a streak of wins, showcasing AIs that have learned to play a variety of complex games with superhuman skill, from Go and StarCraft to Atari's entire back catalogue. But Demis Hassabis, DeepMind's public face and co-founder, has always stressed that these successes were just stepping stones towards a larger goal:...

Jan 19, 2021 by MIT Technology Review
Science & Medicine News
Fireflies are facing extinction due to habitat loss, pesticides and artificial light

(CNN) -- Around the world, fireflies light up the night with their shimmering bodies. But scientists say this magical display is under threat -- with the loss of their natural habitats, pesticide use and artificial light putting some of the 2,000 or so species at risk of extinction.

Jun 04, 2020 by Katie Hunt, CNN
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
When damaged, the adult brain repairs itself by going back to the beginning

Summary: Mouse models of corticospinal injuries reveal adult neurons begin a natural regeneration process by reverting back to an embryonic state. The regeneration is sustained with the help of a gene more commonly associated with Huntington's disease.

Apr 22, 2020 by Neuroscience News
Science & Medicine Blogs
Scientists Discover A Link Between Parkinson's Disease and Appendix Function

June 29, 2019: Hashem Al-Ghaili posted on LinkedIn

Jun 30, 2019 by Hashem Al-Ghiaili via Linkedin
Science & Medicine Blogs
Translating proteins into music, and back

In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.

Jun 27, 2019 by MIT via EurekAlert!
Science & Medicine Blogs
How to Make the Perfect Agar Plate Every Time - Bitesize Bio

Making agar plates, whether they contain LB, M9 or any other medium, is a simple procedure. But there are a few finer points that will kill your experiment, make a mess or just cause you inconvenience if you get them wrong. So let's put on the record exactly how to make the perfect agar plate....

Jun 04, 2019 by Dr Nick Oswald
Botany & Horticulture Articles



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