Scientists Use AI to Map T-cell Receptors

When you get sick, receptors on your T-cells generally identify the antigen causing you problems, and then your T-cells trigger your immune-system response. Unfortunately, this may go awry with situations like cancer, where your body doesn’t recognize the growth as a problem.
However, some researchers don’t think we currently know enough about the T-cell receptors, so they built an AI application called ImmunoMap. It built a map of the T-cell receptor’s gene sequence so researchers could find receptors that are similar to each other—in the hopes that receptors with similar shapes may recognize similar antigens and trigger an immune response in the body.

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