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  • Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital


    Date added: 2014-12-03


    Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire of the Ollmann Saphire laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute, at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Dr. Saphire is leading citizen science project to crowdsource a virtual supercomputer on IBM's World Communiity Grid that will help her lab find a cure for the Ebola virus. Anyone with a computer or Android-based mobile device can now download a safe and free app from IBM's World Community Grid (www.worldcommuitygrid.org) that puts their computing devices to work when the machines would otherwise be idle. With their collective processing power, the computers will form a virtual supercomputer to help The Scripps Research Institute screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. (Credit: Pardis Sabeti)

     

     



  • Ebola Virus

    Ebola Virus: Simple Structure but a Shape Shifter


    Date added: 2014-12-03


    Electron micrograph of the Ebola virus, captured in 1976. For the first time, anyone with a computer or Android-based mobile device can help scientists search for an Ebola cure. A safe and free app from IBM's World Community Grid (www.worldcommunitygrid.org) puts the devices to work when the machines would otherwise be idle. With their collective processing power, the computers will form a virtual supercomputer to help The Scripps Research Institute screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. An effective treatment has thus far proved elusive because of scant resources previously brought to bear, and because the a protein in the virus responsible for replicating itself adopts different shapes for different functions. (Dr. Frederick Murphy)

     

     




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