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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Folding@home Supports Coronavirus Research

Related  to the SETI work this is a distributed protein folding approach to look for pharma solutions.

March 10, 2020
by John Chodera

Healthcare-Technical article.

This is an update on Folding@home’s efforts to assist researchers around the world taking up the global fight against COVID-19.

After initial quality control and limited testing phases, Folding@home team has released an initial wave of projects simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available) into full production on Folding@home. Many thanks to the large number of Folding@home donors who have assisted us thus far by running in beta or advanced modes.

This initial wave of projects focuses on better understanding how these coronaviruses interact with the human ACE2 receptor required for viral entry into human host cells, and how researchers might be able to interfere with them through the design of new therapeutic antibodies or small molecules that might disrupt their interaction.  .... "

..... Brian Venturo, co-founder and CTO of CoreWeave, the largest Ethereum miner in the US. The firm is redirecting the processing power of 6,000 graphics processing units (GPUs), from crypto-mining to hunting for coronavirus drug targets as part of a project started by Stanford University... "

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