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AI firm DeepMind puts database of the building blocks of life online

The Guardian: “Last year the artificial intelligence group DeepMind cracked a mystery that has flummoxed scientists for decades: stripping bare the structure of proteins, the building blocks of life. Now, having amassed a database of nearly all human protein structures, the company is making the resource available online free for researchers to use. The key to understanding our basic biological machinery is its architecture. The chains of amino acids that comprise proteins twist and turn to make the most confounding of 3D shapes. It is this elaborate form that explains protein function; from enzymes that are crucial to metabolism to antibodies that fight infectious attacks. Despite years of onerous and expensive lab work that began in the 1950s, scientists have only decoded the structure of a fraction of human proteins. DeepMind’s AI program, AlphaFold, has predicted the structure of nearly all 20,000 proteins expressed by humans. In an independent benchmark test that compared predictions to known structures, the system was able to predict the shape of a protein to a good standard 95% of time…”

Outbreak.info

“Outbreak.info is a standardized, searchable platform to discover and explore COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 data from the Center for Viral Systems Biology. Outbreak.info combines together data and metadata from a large number of data sources About the API – This site is a collection of APIs developed from the Su / Wu Labs at Scripps Research… Continue Reading

Big data: With great data comes great responsibility

Open Access Government – “Dr Florian Kerschbaum from the University of Waterloo, argues that with great data comes great responsibility in this big data focus. Big data helps us combat the pandemic and build cleaner tech-nology – amongst many other benefits. We collect exposure data to contain and trace the spread of the coronavirus. Genome… Continue Reading

Have we reached peak ransomware?

ZDNet – “How the internet’s biggest security problem has grown and what happens next. A string of high-profile cyberattacks has made ransomware an impossible issue to ignore – in fact, even world leaders are talking about it. Will this be enough to make cyber criminals think twice? Ransomware has become such a significant problem that… Continue Reading

Over a billion records belonging to CVS Health exposed online

ZDNet: “In another example of misconfigured cloud services impacting security, over a billion records belonging to CVS Health have been exposed online. On Thursday, WebsitePlanet, together with researcher Jeremiah Fowler, revealed the discovery of an online database belonging to CVS Health. The database was not password-protected and had no form of authentication in place to… Continue Reading

Final Report -Commission on the Future of US Aerospace Industry

NASA – Final Report of the Commission on the Future Of The United States Aerospace Industry – “Executive Summary: …The industry is confronted with a graying workforce in science,engineering and manufacturing,with an estimated 26 percent available for retirement within the next five years. New entrants to the industry have dropped precipitously to historical lows as… Continue Reading

Why COVID vaccines give way better protection than a COVID infection

Mashable: “COVID vaccines give us much better protection than a COVID infection, say infectious disease experts. That’s one of many reasons to get a COVID shot, which are rigorously (and continually) tested for safety. The vaccines trigger a significantly more robust immune response than a naturally-acquired infection. Ultimately, this better prepares your body for a… Continue Reading

For Whose Benefit? Transparency in the development and procurement of COVID-19 vaccines

Transparency International Global Health – “A lack of transparency in COVID-19 vaccine trials and secrecy over deals between governments and drug companies risks the success of the global pandemic response, new research from Transparency International Global Health and the University of Toronto warns. For Whose Benefit? is an in-depth study of the development and sale… Continue Reading

COVID vaccine: What it means if the FDA grants full approval

CNET – Both Pfizer and Moderna are seeking full FDA approval in May – “Companies and schools across the country have been hesitant to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine, but that could soon change. Pfizer and BioNTech initiated full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration on May 7. Currently the… Continue Reading