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Computers Aid in the Development of Bird Flu Vaccine

by Medindia Content Team on May 6, 2006 at 8:28 PM
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Computers Aid in the Development of Bird Flu Vaccine

Apart from Pharma companies now even the aid of the computers are sought in order to develop a vaccine for bird flu. Computers come in very handy as they have the ability to perform difficult task and can work for long periods of time without any rest. They are good at handling long and complex problems with ease. In UK high powered computers are coming handy to search for a cure against bird flu. Mostly computers that can crunches data from particle physics experiments were used by scientists to study the avian H5N1 virus.

This computer network has the ability to generate the reactions of 300,000 chemical compounds. These compounds were then tested against the virus to find which one is effective in combating the deadly H5N1 strain. Hence scientists from various universities who are working on the same subject can make use of these computers to find out a cure. Professor Keith Mason, head of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PParc) said that these computers called the GridPP have been developed to help answer questions about anything in the Universe.

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