Biology begins to tangle with quantum computing | Nature Methods

July 16, 2021

Technology Feature
Published: 23 June 2021
Biology begins to tangle with quantum computing
Vivien Marx
Nature Methods volume 18, pages715–719 (2021)


“There’s a lot of buzz about quantum computing,” says Yale University researcher Mark Gerstein, whose projects traverse biology and informatics. Enthusiasm among his colleagues about the prospects of quantum computing is especially high in the physical sciences, and interest is growing in computational biology and biology more generally.

Gerstein co-authored a paper4 that grew from a series of discussions at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s part of the NIH’s way of exploring how to support biologists interested and involved in quantum computing, he says. The wider neuroscience community, for example, is interested in how quantum approaches can be applied to deep learning and machine learning.