Current progress and open challenges for applying deep learning across the biosciences

Nicolae Sapoval, Amirali Aghazadeh, Michael G. Nute, Dinler A. Antunes, Advait Balaji, Richard Baraniuk, C. J. Barberan, Ruth Dannenfelser, Chen Dun, Mohammadamin Edrisi, R. A.Leo Elworth, Bryce Kille, Anastasios Kyrillidis, Luay Nakhleh, Cameron R. Wolfe, Zhi Yan, Vicky Yao, Todd J. Treangen

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Deep Learning (DL) has recently enabled unprecedented advances in one of the grand challenges in computational biology: the half-century-old problem of protein structure prediction. In this paper we discuss recent advances, limitations, and future perspectives of DL on five broad areas: protein structure prediction, protein function prediction, genome engineering, systems biology and data integration, and phylogenetic inference. We discuss each application area and cover the main bottlenecks of DL approaches, such as training data, problem scope, and the ability to leverage existing DL architectures in new contexts. To conclude, we provide a summary of the subject-specific and general challenges for DL across the biosciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1728
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • General
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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