5 Science Stories You May Have Missed from 2020

  • 2020 has been a pretty quiet year, right? Not much going on in the news at all. All jokes aside, we’ve seen first-hand the importance of good science communication this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic taking over the headlines throughout 2020. We guessed you’ve probably heard enough about the pandemic for now, so here are some other science stories from this unusual year. Let’s dive right in!
    Mystery of protein folding solved by deep learning methods
    The question of how proteins fold up into their correct shapes has long been explored in biology, and this November, we finally got an answer. UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind used an algorithm, named AlphaFold which used deep learning methods to predict final 3D protein shapes from chains of amino acids. Protein folding is a crucial aspect of human biology, and understanding how proteins fold into their shapes can help us to treat diseases where protein folding goes wrong, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as well as aid in the development of novel drugs.

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