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  • richardmitnick 12:26 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    FROM WCG: “Better tools for AIDS drug research” 


    FightAIDS@Home is a project run by the Olson Laboratory that uses distributed computing to contribute your computer’s idle resources to accelerate research into new drug therapies for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. FightAIDS@Home made history in September 2000 when it became the first biomedical Internet-based grid computing project. FightAIDS@Home was started with Scott Kurowski, founder of Entropia. People all around the World continue to donate their home computer’s idle cycles to running our AutoDock software on HIV-1 protease inhibitor docking problems. With the generous assistance of IBM, we joined World Community Grid in late 2005, and launched FightAIDS@Home on World Community Grid on 21 November, 2005.

    How do I join the FightAIDS@Home Project?

    All you need to do is download and install the free client software. Once you have done this, your computer is then automatically put to work and you can continue using your computer as usual.

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    24 Jun 2014

    The Scripps research team published a paper proving the effectiveness of a method to more accurately predict bindings between protein targets and drug candidates, which could benefit FightAIDS@Home and other World Community Grid drug discovery projects.

    Paper Title:

    “Virtual screening with AutoDock Vina and the common pharmacophore engine of a low diversity library of fragments and hits against the three allosteric sites of HIV integrase: participation in the SAMPL4 protein–ligand binding challenge”

    Lay Person Abstract:

    The Olson Lab at The Scripps Institute collaborated to participate in the “SAMPL4 Challenge” which evaluated methods to predict protein target to drug candidate bindings. Olson’s lab in cooperation with Levy’s lab at Rutgers University were able to prove the utility of a method to reduce false positives and therefore potentially reduce the amount of laboratory work required to validate computational results. This should ultimately be a benefit to research projects such as FightAIDS@Home and other drug search projects on World Community Grid.

    A link to the paper is here.
    See the full article here.

    World Community Grid (WCG) brings people together from across the globe to create the largest non-profit computing grid benefiting humanity. It does this by pooling surplus computer processing power. We believe that innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can help make the planet smarter. Our success depends on like-minded individuals – like you.”

    WCG projects run on BOINC software from UC Berkeley.

    BOINC is a leader in the field(s) of Distributed Computing, Grid Computing and Citizen Cyberscience.BOINC is more properly the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.


    “Download and install secure, free software that captures your computer’s spare power when it is on, but idle. You will then be a World Community Grid volunteer. It’s that simple!” You can download the software at either WCG or BOINC.

    Please visit the project pages-

    Say No to Schistosoma

    GO Fight Against Malaria

    Drug Search for Leishmaniasis

    Computing for Clean Water

    The Clean Energy Project

    Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together

    Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy

    Help Fight Childhood Cancer

    Help Conquer Cancer

    Human Proteome Folding


    Computing for Sustainable Water

    Computing for Sustainable Water

    World Community Grid is a social initiative of IBM Corporation
    IBM Corporation

    IBM – Smarter Planet

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  • richardmitnick 4:34 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    FightAIDS@Home, A Public Distributed Project at WCG 

    “HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infects over 30 million people throughout the world, and approximately 2 million new people are infected each year. HIV kills more people than any other virus on Earth. Even if/when we can eventually prevent new HIV infections, we will still need to discover new drugs that can treat the millions of people who are currently living with an HIVinfection. The need to discover new types of drugs against HIV is especially urgent, since new multi-drug-resistant mutant “superbugs” of HIV are constantly evolving and spreading throughout humanity. In addition, other scientists have recently shown that treating HIV with effective drugs also helps decrease the probability of spreading the infection to new people. When effective drugs are given to a particular patient, the number of infectious viral particles in that patient (or the “viral load”) decreases, which lowers the probability of them infecting other people. It doesn!t eliminate the possibility of spreading the infection, but it does reduce the probability.

    The FightAIDS@Home Project uses the volunteered computer power of IBM!s World CommunityGrid to test candidate compounds against the variations (or “mutants”) of HIV that can arise and cause drug resistance. We test these candidates by docking flexible models of them against 3-D, atomic-scale models of different drug targets from HIV, to predict (a) how tightly these compounds might be able to bind, (b) where these compounds prefer to bind on the protein target, and (c) what
    specific interactions are formed between the candidate and the target. That is, we use these calculations to predict the affinity/potency of the compound, the location where it binds on the molecular target, and the mode it uses to potentially disable the target. Compounds that can bind
    tightly to the right regions of particular proteins from HIV have the potential to “gum up” the viralmachinery and, thus, help advance the discovery of new types of drugs to treat HIV infections.”

    You could help in the vital work of this Public Distributed Computing project and other projects in Cancer, Dengue Fever, Clean Water, Clean Energy, and Leishmaniasis. Visit the WCG web site, download and install the BOINC software on which the projects run. Then, read about the projects and attach to those of interest.

    See the full article here.

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