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

ional resources to try to find a solution to the problems that besiege communities in need around the world, as is the case of Leishmaniasis. This disease urgently calls for new and effective treatments, given that the number of infected patients has climbed to more than two million people in 97 countries," said Carlos Muskus, Coordinator, Molecular and Computational Biology, PECET, and project leader.  

World Community Grid is a network of more than two million individual computers, providing donated computer power during the time in which their computers are idle,  creating the world's largest and fastest computing grid to benefit of humankind. World Community Grid is based on IT innovation, combined with scientific and visionary research, plus volunteer, collective and nonprofit actions to create a smarter planet.

Individuals can donate their computers' time to these projects by registering at www.worldcommunitygrid.org, and installing a secure, free software program in their personal computers running Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. Computers request data from the World Community Grid server when they are idle, or between key strokes during non compute-intensive jobs.  In this way, they can help complete the protein computations required to perform the Leishmaniasis research in Colombia.  

Sponsored by IBM, World Community Grid has offered researchers worldwide the equivalent of millions of dollars' worth of free computational power to enable medical, nutritional, energy and environmental research.  At present, more than 548,310 users and 1,729,127 devices are part of IBM's World Community Grid in 88 countries, including Colombia.  World Community Grid's server runs Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) software, maintained at Berkeley University and supported by the National Science Foundation.

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