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Anton? At Least There's No Acronym

David Shaw, head of the investment firm D. E. Shaw & Company is building a new supercomputer that will be able to model molecular simulations that span not microseconds, but milliseconds. The computer, called Anton (after Anton van Leeuwenhoek), will model protein folding reactions and protein-drug interactions on a time scale that would allow "new kinds of biological processes that would not otherwise be observable," says a NYT article. "If you can do 1,000 times longer, real proteins come into play," Shaw said in a lecture at Stanford in 2006.

 

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