Items tagged with HIV

Smartphones have invaded nearly every aspect of our lives. We use them to email, surf the Internet, text, check our bank statements, play games, and **gasp** actually make phone calls. These personal devices are our computers away from home (or the office) and in the case of developing nations; smartphones are often the only access that people have to the Internet. That’s what makes this latest research effort from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science so intriguing. A team of researchers led by Columbia Engineering associate professor Samuel K. Sia have developed a... Read more...
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have taken a step forward in HIV research by running simulations on the Blue Waters Supercomputer, which is comprised of 32 Cray XK7 supercomputer cabinets and is powered by 3,000 NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators. The researchers used computer simulations to uncover the chemical structure of the HIV capsid, which according to the press release both protects a virus’ genetic material and also acts as a sort of virus delivery... Read more...
A story on the FoxNews website reports that in a matter of days, PC gamers have been able to decipher the structure of a retrovirus protein that has stymied scientists for years. The protein is a critical component in how some viruses multiply, including HIV. It is hoped that the findings will help open the door to the creation of new drugs that can inhibit the virus’s ability to multiply and ultimately stop the spread of the virus. To pull of the feat, the researchers at the University of Washington used a game called FoldIt, which is available for PC, Mac, and Linux, that tasks gamers... Read more...