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IBM and University of Antioquia Cooperate to Seek Drug for Leishmaniasis Treatment
Date:9/13/2011

MEDELLIN, Colombia, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and University of Antioquia's Tropical Disease Study and Control Program (PECET) today announced a joint research project, Drug Search for Leishmaniasis, using computer power from IBM's World Community Grid.  

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World Community Grid pools and uses the idle computing power of volunteers' personal computers around the world to help accelerate scientific research that addresses humanitarian challenges.

IBM will provide the computational power of World Community Grid for free so that University of Antioquia can predict potential inhibitors or drugs that will control this disease. Additionally, IBM will donate the server and software licenses that will support the project operation at University of Antioquia's PECET.

The research project will try to find potential inhibitors of the Leishmaniasis parasite, or explore the application of drugs currently used to treat similar diseases. Using the computational power of World Community Grid enables the screening of 600,000 potentially useful chemical compounds stored in a public drug database.  The idea is to virtually apply these compounds against 5,300 Leishmania proteins in an effort to identify prospective drug treatments.

Instead of implementing costly and lengthy laboratory trials, or spending dozens of years performing computations on small computers, millions of experiments will be simulated using the software installed in the devices comprising World Community Grid.

"Conducting this same project in a local cluster would take more or less 70 to 100 years. With World Community Grid, it will be completed in a maximum of two years. This is evidence of the data processing capacity of this network dedicated to provide computat
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