New superbug-killing antibiotic discovered using AI


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4 Jun 2021
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This one straddles the Health & Fitness and AI sections, so I'll just put it here.

The rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs are a very dangerous development, mostly brought about by overuse of antibiotics, given out like Smarties in some countries by dodgy vendors. AI is now helping to nail these suckers once again.

We hear a lot about the downsides of AI, but this is a massive upside. Hopefully, it will all balance out in the end.

Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to discover a new antibiotic that can kill a deadly species of superbug.
The AI helped narrow down thousands of potential chemicals to a handful that could be tested in the laboratory.
The result was a potent, experimental antibiotic called abaucin, which will need further tests before being used.
The researchers in Canada and the US say AI has the power to massively accelerate the discovery of new drugs.
It is the latest example of how the tools of artificial intelligence can be a revolutionary force in science and medicine.

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