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Monday, November 08, 2021

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

 No mention of AI here, just computational speed.  Likely in the detail.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

By University of Portsmouth (U.K.)

November 5, 2021

An international team of scientists has used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.

The researchers crafted a strategy to model many aspects of a redesigned antibiotic simultaneously, including solubility, bacteria infiltration, and protein production inhibition.

A leading European supercomputer completed the model in weeks, but the team spent several years validating the approach experimentally.

"Using a computational approach makes the development of new antibiotic derivatives faster and cheaper, and predicting whether a chemical compound is going to be active before it is synthesized also avoids chemical waste," said Gerhard Koenig at the U.K.'s University of Portsmouth.

From University of Portsmouth (U.K.)

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