Robo-Scientist Makes Gene Discovery — On Its Own

Earlier, we knew that scientist designed Adam robot that could be controlled by human thought alone. Now news comes of a bot that doesn’t need to bother with any human thought at all.

robot-scientistsResearchers believe that it is to be the first machine to independently come up with new scientific findings. Adam appears to be doing impressively well for a young scientist, performing scientific research automatically, without the need for further human intervention.

Earlier it is reported that Adam autonomously supposed that certain genes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae code for enzymes that catalyze some of the microorganism’s biochemical reactions. The yeast is notable, as scientists apply it to model more complex life systems.

The researchers applied their own separate experiments to confirm that Adam’s hypotheses were both novel and correct–all the while probably wondering how soon they’d become obsolete.

Adam is a still a prototype, but Ross King, a professor of computer science ’s team,– says they believe their next robot, Eve (don’t leave those two in the lab alone together) holds promise for scientists searching for new drugs to combat diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a type of parasitic worm in the tropics.

“We hope to have teams of human and robot scientists working together in laboratories”, finally, Ross King said.

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