David Baker working with a student on their protein design (Jason Mast)

Sci­en­tists are fi­nal­ly learn­ing how to de­sign pro­teins from scratch. Drug de­vel­op­ment may nev­er be the same

SEAT­TLE — It’s a cloudy Thurs­day af­ter­noon in mid-Ju­ly and David Bak­er is re­clin­ing in­to the fu­ton in his cor­ner of­fice at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, arms splayed out like a day­time talk show host as he coach­es an­oth­er one of his post­docs through the slings and ar­rows of sci­en­tif­ic celebri­ty.

“Be jeal­ous of your time,” he says, be­fore plot­ting ways of sneak­ing her out of Zooms. “It’s this hor­ri­ble cost to sci­ence that you’re tied up in some stu­pid meet­ing.”

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