Modern medicine has a big problem, and it stems from the overuse of antibiotics. For years, doctors have feared that the antibiotics needed to kill infections will start to fail, as new infections called "superbugs" have found a way around them. It has already started and the arms race between dangerous microorganisms and scientists is taking place every day.
Now, a team of MIT researchers has developed a new type of antibiotic that can work against antibiotic resistant infections. Well, the researchers themselves didn't develop it ... they told a computer to do it for them, and it worked.
Using a computer model capable of encrypting the tens of millions of chemical compounds in a fraction of the time it would take a team of human scientists to accomplish the same task, the AI system identified a number very promising candidate antibiotics.
"We wanted to develop a platform that would allow us to harness the power of artificial intelligence to usher in a new era of antibiotic drug discovery," James Collins, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Our approach has revealed this amazing molecule, which is arguably one of the most powerful antibiotics that has been discovered. "
One of the candidate antibiotics has already been shown to be potentially useful against some of the most dangerous bacteria in testing. Some of the bacteria the new antibiotic has successfully attacked are already known to be resistant to the most common antibiotics, suggesting that the new drug may be a secret weapon for doctors battling deadly diseases.
This article appeared first (in English) on BGR