In Nature: building 20,000 new drug candidates. New de novo designed “mini-protein” binders were custom built to target either a deadly virus or a potent toxin and were shown to afford protection to mice. Read more.
Sensors for the potent opioid fentanyl. Using a fully-automated Rosetta design pipeline, high-affinity fentanyl sensors capable of detecting environmental fentanyl were produced. Read more.
In Science: data-driven protein design. This work achieves the long-standing goal of a tight feedback cycle between computation and experiment and has the potential to transform computational protein design into a data-driven science. Rather than observing thousands of complex natural proteins to try to deduce their folding rules, over 15,000 new, simpler proteins were built – all designed using Rosetta. Through multiple design rounds, features that led to successful folding were learned and incorporated into the design pipeline. Read more.