Publishedduration4 days agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightDeepMindimage captionDemis Hassabis began his career as a video-games designer

Gaming inspired Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of DeepMind, to use artificial intelligence for a recent scientific breakthrough.

Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century.

But London-based technology lab DeepMind has largely solved the problem, experts have announced.

The project, called Alpha Fold, is expected to accelerate research into a host of illnesses.

And the lab – owned by the same parent company as Google – has already used the system to help study the shape of proteins associated with the virus that causes Covid-19.

Dr Andriy Kryshtafovych, from the University of California, who has scrutinised the project, has described the achievement as "truly remarkable".

"Being able to investigate the shape of proteins quickly and accurately has the potential to revolutionise life sciences," he said.