Entries by rodolphobraga

Fight Zika by making your smartphone into a supercomputer

You can help find a drug that could knock out the Zika virus, while you’re playing Candy Crush on your smartphone. An international research effort to identify potential drug compounds to combat the virus is being launched on a tech platform that turns a network of volunteers’ personal computers, as well as Android mobile phones and tablets, […]

Announcing a World Community Grid Project: OpenZika

An idea starts out as a response to a challenge and becomes a fully-fledged scientific research project. Then before you know it, it becomes a global project involving thousands of people, and you are writing a blog about it. It began as I pondered “how can I, a scientist without a lab” make a difference […]

Help an International Research Team Fight the Zika Virus

Few people had heard of the Zika virus before 2015, when it began rapidly spreading in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. The virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, although sexual and blood transmission are also possible. Some pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus have given birth to infants with a condition called microcephaly, which results […]

Zika vaccine efficacy trials could start in 2017

In the most optimistic scenario, a Zika vaccine could prove its worth by the start of 2018, Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, said today. Zika vaccine efficacy trials could start in 2017 | Science | AAAS Read more