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Rutgers is taking a role in combating the Zika Virus by joining the IBM-sponsored World Community Grid, which is using supercomputing to identify potential drug candidates to cure the virus. The project is known as “Open Zika,” and uses scientists from all over the world to do virtual experiments in search for cures for the Zika Virus.

“Instead of having to wait a number of years, even decades potentially, to test all these compounds in order to find a few that could form the basis of antiviral drugs to cure Zika, we will perform these initial tests in a matter of months, just by using idle computing power that would otherwise go to waste,” says Alex Perryman, a research teaching specialist at Rutgers’ New Jersey Medical School, in Professor Joel Freundlich’s lab.

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