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OpenPandemics COVID-19 World Community Grid Project

Author: Disabled World : Contact: www.disabled-world.com

Published: 2020-05-23

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COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV2, a virus of the coronavirus family. These viruses cause diseases that affect mainly the human respiratory system and potentially other major organs. COVID-19 can lead to serious illness or even death. You and your computer can help scientists at Scripps Research find potential treatments.

Scripps Research is a nonprofit American medical research facility that focuses on research and education in the biomedical sciences. Headquartered in La Jolla, California, with a sister facility in Jupiter, Florida, the institute has 250 laboratories employing 2,400 scientists, technicians, graduate students, and administrative and other staff, making it the largest private, non-profit biomedical research organization in the United States and among the largest in the world.

First identified as a pneumonia of unknown origin at the end of 2019, the disease was named COVID-19 in February 2020. COVID-19 proved to be highly infectious and quickly spread to every continent. Soon after COVID-19 was identified, scientists began the complex undertaking of creating a vaccine that could help prevent the spread of the virus. However, this process is likely to take many months, or possibly years, even with a concerted, global effort among scientists and with accelerated clinical trials.

When you become a World Community Grid volunteer, you donate your device's spare computing power to help scientists solve the world's biggest problems in health and sustainability. And because all data, tools, and processes that are developed through OpenPandemics - COVID-19 will be shared freely, the project can benefit the scientific community at large.

Screenshot of the computer screen saver of Team Disabled World running the OpenPandemics COVID-19 Project.
Screenshot of the computer screen saver of Team Disabled World running the OpenPandemics COVID-19 Project.

Join Team Disabled World and the OpenPandemics COVID-19 Project at World Community Grid which is helping researchers at Scripps Research look for potential COVID-19 treatments. We need your help!

Other World Community Grid Projects

World Community Grid projects you can contribute computing power to include:

Accelerate Research: No Investment of Time or Money

OpenPandemics - COVID-19 is one such effort, led by researchers in the Forli Lab at Scripps Research, who are accelerating the search by enlisting the help of World Community Grid volunteers.

As a World Community Grid volunteer, you download a secure software program to your computer. When your computer is not using its full computing power, it automatically runs a simulated experiment in the background which will help predict the effectiveness of a particular chemical compound in inhibiting functions of viral proteins, as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Your computer then returns the results of the completed simulation and requests the next simulation. World Community Grid combines the results from your computer along with millions of results from other volunteers all over the world and sends them to the Scripps Research team for analysis.

Join Team Disabled World and the OpenPandemics COVID-19 Project at World Community Grid which is helping researchers at Scripps Research look for potential COVID-19 treatments. We need your help!

Editor: Well known for its SETI@home project, BOINC and Rosetta@home also run health and medical programs on home computers, including COVID-19, to predict the structure of proteins important to the coronavirus disease as well as to produce new, stable mini-proteins to be used as potential therapeutics and diagnostics.

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