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With the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (better known as coronavirus), Nvidia has gone to Twitter and asked gamers to join in the fight. Nvidia is working with Folding@home, a downloadable app that links computers to an international network to share GPU and CPU power to process large computing tasks.

In a recent update, Folding@home announced “Folding@home team has released an initial wave of projects simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available) into full production on Folding@home.” With your help, these projects could help researchers better understand COVID-19 and the development of treatments and therapies against it.

Below are the specific projects that you can join on Folding@home:

  • 14530/14531 Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease – potential drug target
  • 14328 – Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease – potential drug target
  • 11741: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2.
  • 11746: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2 (alternative structure to 11741).
  • 11742: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease in complex with an inhibitor.
  • 11743: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease – potential drug target.
  • 11744: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.
  • 11745: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain mutated to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.

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