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Scottish Researchers, IBM Team on Supercomputing for HIV Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Edinburgh has entered into a collaboration with the IBM Watson Research Center and the National Physical Laboratory, in Middlesex, to use supercomputers to study surface proteins of HIV-1 with the goal of developing drugs that inhibit HIV infection.
 
The University of Edinburgh said yesterday that knowing the structure and behavior of certain peptides will allow researchers to develop drugs that target the infection process.
 
"This is a new approach to drug design — we are using sophisticated algorithms coupled with experimental techniques to design improved molecular therapies, and we can capitalize on enormous computing power to do this efficiently and rationally," said Jason Crain of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and head of the National Physical Library.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.