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Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

  • Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Date added: 03 Dec 2014

    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)