Spare a cycle?

FRAMINGHAM (01/15/2004) - The nonprofit organization Find-a-Drug has used spare compute cycles of Internet-connected PCs to discover new cancer-fighting inhibitors. "We now have growth inhibitors for five anti-cancer protein targets," says Keith Davies, Find-a-Drug's scientific director. More than 13,000 PCs from nearly 60 countries have contributed roughly 1,000 years of processing time to virtually evaluate roughly 500 million molecules. Find-a-Drug is also examining protein targets for HIV, multiple sclerosis, plague, and SARS.

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