“EvolutionaryScale — a startup founded by several AI researchers who used to work at Meta — is building a language model similar to those that power AI chatbots that can be prompted to design new proteins…

The largest version of the new generative AI model — called ESM3 — was trained on data from 2.78 billion natural proteins: their amino acid sequences, the 3D atomic structures that arise from those sequences and the resulting functions of the proteins. The model then predicts patterns in that data and leverages it to design new proteins with specific functions.

What they found: When the model is prompted with sequences, structures or functions, it ‘finds creative solutions to complex combinations of prompts, including solutions for which we can find no matching structure in nature,’ the researchers write.”

From Axios.