AlphaFold and the state of AI in biotech

AlphaFold was all over the news this week. What it’s done is hugely important, but also nowhere near enough. In case you’ve forgotten your high-school biology, proteins are complex molecules made up of amino acids. They can be extremely complicated molecules, but one of the more interesting things about them is that their function can […]

What the COVID vaccines would mean for biotech

Both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have released preliminary stage III results of their COVID vaccine trials, and both look really good (over 90% efficacy). They both also represent a totally new kind of vaccine. Vaccines work by giving your body a “sheep in wolve’s clothing” — something that your body sees as a virus, which it […]

Keep your eye on the anti-aging space

Humans have been dreaming about immortality approximately forever. But over the last 40 years, we’ve slowly but surely started to make progress on developing a fountain of youth. One needs to be careful in this space, because for every actual advancement, there are dozens if not hundreds of fake, wrong, or fraudulent claims. That said, […]

AI finds strong, new antibiotic

The growth in antibiotic-resistant microbes has been a problem for years — and we’ve had no real plan on how to deal with it. Currently, this results in about 35,000 deaths per year in the U.S., and predictions are that the global number will exceed 10 million deaths per year by 2050. With the help […]