Volume 596 Issue 7873



News Features

News & Views

Protein-structure prediction revolutionized p.487

The full might of a world-leading artificial-intelligence laboratory has been brought to bear on protein-structure prediction. The resulting method, AlphaFold2, promises to transform our understanding of proteins.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02265-4

Single proton cooled by distant ions p.490

Laser-cooled ions have been used to substantially lower the temperature of a proton located several centimetres away. This technique could be useful in ultraprecise measurements of the properties of antimatter particles.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02267-2

A persistent look at how tumours evade therapy p.491

Understanding how resistance to chemotherapy occurs could lead to better anticancer treatments. Persister cells in tumours can contribute to this resistance. A method to characterize these cells in detail sheds light on their origins.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02117-1

A bridge across the democracy–expertise divide p.493

An innovative algorithm provides a way of fairly selecting representative individuals for citizens’ assemblies to learn about and deliberate on certain topics. Such groups hold promise for closing the gap between democracy and expertise.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02006-7