Rise of the Machines
A ‘robot scientist’, capable of independently carrying out drug screening research, has been developed by UK researchers.
Stephanie Sutton |
First there was Adam, the first robot to autonomously make a scientific discovery. Adam hypothesised and experimentally confirmed the functions of genes in yeast, and now Adam’s successor, Eve, is turning her attention to drug development (1). Eve can automate library-screening, hit-confirmation, and lead generation through cycles of quantitative structure-activity relationship learning and testing. The system’s creators, from Cambridge University and the University of Manchester, hope that Eve will help speed up the development of drugs for neglected tropical diseases.
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