After being used for research, IBM’s supercomputer quickly found 77 drugs that inhibited the activity of SARS-CoV-2 virus.
According to BGR, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) have just announced the initial results from the project using IBM Summit supercomputer to find drugs that can fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Like other viruses, SARS-CoV-2 uses spike protein to attach to cells and infect humans. Summit, with its algorithm for finding active ingredients that can bind to proteins and prevent viruses from doing so, has compiled a list of 77 potential drugs.
Starting with more than 8,000 compounds, Summit’s incredible power shortens testing time, eliminating most of the ineffective drugs before finding 77 effective ones with stopping side-acting viruses. in the human body.
“Summit is essential for us to quickly get the simulation results. It only takes us 1-2 days instead of a few months to do it on a normal computer, ”said Jeremy Smith, co-author of the study. He added that this result does not mean finding a cure. However, it will provide valuable information for future research and a list of potential compounds.
According to BGR, these promising compounds will play an important role in developing new treatments or even a highly effective vaccine, helping to prevent the virus from entering the human body. At the moment, the most effective way to prevent the virus from spreading is to limit exposure.
Looking ahead, researchers plan to use Summit to test a new, more accurate model of the worm protein that the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to attack humans. Perhaps this will change the effective compound against the virus, shortening the time to find treatment drugs or preventive vaccines.