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Switzerland- Artificial intelligence helps bring about record-fast vaccines


(MENAFN- Swissinfo) The rapid development of two highly effective Covid-19 vaccines was made possible through AI technology and innovative collaboration among researchers around the world, including Switzerland.



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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionise the world of science and solve some of the most complex problems facing modern biology. Chief among them: predicting the structure of unknown proteins to unlock the secrets of cells and the diseases that affect them. Recently, protein structures have been in the spotlight because of their central role in the development of new Covid-19 vaccines, such as those based on messenger RNA.

Solving protein structures experimentally is a long and laborious process, requiring months of research and lots of resources. Structural information is essential for studying new viruses, understanding their behaviour, and developing effective vaccines. Scientists' newfound ability to predict proteins' structures through computational methods has made this process much faster and much more accurate.

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