Rather than let 35 powerful gaming computers sit idle during the coronavirus pandemic while its Esports team is playing remotely, Northwood University has decided to use those computers to help researchers who are hoping to discover a cure or treatment for COVID-19.
The school is allowing email@example.com — a research lab based at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis — to install software on its gaming computers that runs complicated simulations of how proteins fold inside our bodies. This is important because the COVID-19 virus causes proteins to misfold, and if we understand the specific way the novel coronavirus is causing them to misfold, it could lead us to a cure or treatment for the disease.
“During this pandemic, we all need to unite as one and do whatever we can to help find a pathway to a treatment for this deadly and disruptive virus,” said Northwood University Esports coach Cody Elsen. “We’re happy to join the Folding At Home project. Northwood University is heavily involved with community engagement, and what better way to put that engagement to work than to help researchers find a way to put a stop to this virus.”
Northwood will continue running the software on its computers throughout the pandemic, or until a treatment is found, and encourages anyone with a powerful enough computer to also help out by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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