Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI
The discovery of a powerful new antibiotic using AI by faculty leads at the MIT Jameel Clinic Regina Barzilay and Jim Collins has the potential to bring down the cost of antibiotic research and drug generation in the future. Named halicin, the new antibiotic was found by training an algorithm to analyse the structure of 2,500 drug compounds in order to identify the one with the most anti-bacterial qualities to kill E. coli.
"In terms of antibiotic discovery, this is absolutely a first," said Regina. "I think this is one of the more powerful antibiotics that has been discovered to date," added Jim. "We wanted to develop a platform that would allow us to harness the power of artificial intelligence to usher in a new age of antibiotic drug discovery."