The fastest supercomputer in the world showed the first results in the fight against COVID-19
This computer identifies 77 compounds that may block the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect healthy cells.
Last week, we read that the world’s fastest supercomputer, the IBM Summit, was currently available to researchers working to find a drug / vaccine or any treatment for the SARS-CoV-19 virus.
This supercomputer is located in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy, where it has been used, among other things, in the field of health.
The lab says that this supercomputer is already showing the first results that will help with vaccine detection efforts, as well as other methods to prevent the virus.
Specifically, a model was created from the “peaks” of the virus based on research related to it in January, and the newer ones will begin to be used these days, after which a simulation of 8,000 different compounds has the effect of preventing or reducing them and the ability of the virus to infect a healthy cell.
Of all the combinations that have been made, 77 compounds have been found that can have such an effect, and are divided by level of success.
These compounds basically have the ability to bind to the virus proteins in the part used to infect cells and thereby prevent their work.
This news certainly does not mean that a cure for the virus has been discovered, but it will definitely help anyone working to find one.
Several existing drugs are currently being tested around the world that have proven to be effective in reducing the duration of the disease, so hopefully soon we will know if these drugs can be officially used.