Rutgers University researchers are taking a lead role in an IBM-sponsored World Community Grid project using supercomputing power to identify potential drug candidates to cure the Zika virus.
The project, OpenZika, includes a global team of scientists who will perform virtual experiments in search of treatments. OpenZika will screen current drugs and millions of drug-like compounds from existing databases against models of Zika protein structures. The computational results will be shared with the research community and the general public, and those compounds that show the most potential will move onto laboratory testing.
The researchers currently are seeking volunteers with a computer or Android device to join the OpenZika project. The volunteers will run an application on their Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android devices that automatically performs virtual experiments whenever the machines are idle.
The World Community Grid currently consists of more than 3 million computers and mobile devices used by almost 750,000 people and 470 institutions across 80 countries, making it one of the largest supercomputers in the world.
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