Following along the lines of SETI @ Home and ClimatePrediction.Net, there is now a grid computing project that is aimed at helping to design new anti-HIV drugs: FIGHTAIDS @ HOME. Grid computing makes use of the idle time of your computer, and uses it to carry out computations for the particular project that you choose. I’ve got one of my computers running climate prediction computations, and now I’ve switched the other from looking for signs of extra-terrestial life to running the project looking for candidate molecules for anti-HIV drugs.  I reckon the chances that we’ll be rescued from our mess by aliens are less than the chances of finding a cure for AIDS… If you want to join the project as well, go here.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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