Artificial intelligence used to discover powerful new antibioticRuth Mabhiza
An algorithm which can scan millions of chemical compounds uncovers an “amazing molecule” which could kill diseases like E.coli.
E.Coli bacteria can be drug resistant
Scientists have used artificial intelligence to discover a new type of antibiotic which could kill some of the world’s most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say their machine-learning algorithm was able to identify a powerful new antibiotic compound which did not develop any resistance during a 30-day treatment period on mice.
It was trained specifically to track down possible antibiotic molecules known for being effective against E.coli growth.
“We’re facing a growing crisis around antibiotic resistance, and this situation is being generated by both an increasing number of pathogens becoming resistant to existing antibiotics, and an anaemic pipeline in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for new antibiotics,” said MIT’s Professor James Collins, who is also co-founder of an antibiotic drug discovery firm EnBiotix.