AlphaFold transforms biology for millions around the world


AlphaFold transforms biology for millions around the world

Open sourcing over 200 million protein structures to help researchers solve countless problems


Big data in biology leads to discoveries that can benefit humankind. That’s the core belief at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), and what its scientists have proven to be true ever since its founding at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK, in 1994.

Part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, the institute is an intergovernmental research organisation funded by over 20 member states. Itsdata span genomics, proteins, small molecules, data models and much more.

Databases are a little bit like plants. They need pruning, they need regenerating, they need fertilising. — Professor Dame Janet Thornton, Director Emeritus EMBL-EBI

As a champion of open data in the life sciences, EMBL-EBI was a natural partner for DeepMind to host the AlphaFold Protein Structure Database, providing free access to protein structure predictions to scientists globally. 

After launching in 2021 with around 365,000 structure predictions, the database now contains more than 200m predictions, covering nearly all catalogued proteins known to science and increasing our understanding of biology by orders of magnitude.

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