BriefsILP program discovers new ways to deal with enzymes
New Scientist (02/24/01) Vol. 169, No. 2279, P. 26; Cohen, David At Oxford University, Ashwin Srinivasan is working with a program called Inductive Logic Programming, or ILP. ILP can turn information inputted into it by Srinivasan and his colleagues into a theory and then use this theory as the basis for developing further ideas. As an example, Srinivasan and his colleagues had ILP analyze ACE, an enzyme involved with high blood pressure, and try to develop a way to inhibit ACE molecules. ILP found two solutions--one that had already been discovered by a human scientist and one that no scientist, it seems, had ever considered. Srinivasan says ILP has also provided new insights into numerous situations, including treating Alzheimer's and selecting embryos for in vitro fertilization. Source: ACM Technews, March 7, 2001
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