Media Release by Meta
Today, we announced an AI breakthrough that accelerates protein folding — the process of predicting a molecule’s shape. Our researchers have used it to create a database of the molecular structures of proteins, which are the building blocks of life on earth.
With more than 600 million structures, it’s three times larger than anything before. It’s also the first of its kind to focus on the largely unexplored world of metagenomic proteins.
This new database could help scientists gain insight into the extraordinary diversity of the natural world and make discoveries that could help cure diseases, clean the environment and produce renewable energy. We hope that sharing the database and the AI model used to create it will fuel further scientific progress in this field and improve our understanding of the world around us.
Learn more about our AI model and the biological impacts it could have on our planet.