Stanford University has been working for more than twenty years on the developing software that can be used for the research on Covid-19, which is integrated into laboratory teams around the world through a distributed computing platform on any computer.
It is not necessary to be a scientist or have extensive knowledge on the subject. It only takes a computer to join the community of researchers working against the clock and discover the secrets of the virus.
The platform used, called Folding @ Home, has been of great help for the investigation of cancer, Ebola, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease.
Anton Thynell, Project Communications and Collaborations Manager, explains: “We realized that we could do a great service by simulating the dynamic movements of these proteins, to advance basic research and drug development efforts.”
Before the pandemic, the platform had a record of “1.3 million registered users, with about 30,000 or 60,000 active users, depending on the month,” says Thynell, assuring that last Tuesday the platform registered active users in “Japan , Australia, China, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Iceland, South Africa and many more ”.