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Over 200m protein structure predictions, for anyone to use

Prof Dame Janet Thornton and Mihaly Varadi are helping transform biology

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Big data in biology leads to discoveries that can benefit humankind: this is what EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) believe, and what they have proven to be true over two decades since its founding at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK.

Part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), an intergovernmental research organisation funded by over 20 member states, EMBL-EBI’s data spans genomics, proteins, small molecules, ontologies and more.

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

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 freely available 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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