Scientists have created a 3D-model of one of the most common human viruses


21/07/2012

Amazing new images and videos of the virus that causes most of all colds, were created using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Scientists hope that these incredible images will create a new anti-virus cold medicines. Scientists from the University of Melbourne have created a computer model of the complete genome of human rhinovirus, which accounts for 50% of all colds.

They’re going to use this model to better understand how the new medicine Australian company Biota stops the spread of the virus. This drug, which is still at the stage of clinical trials should help people with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis, for which the common cold can be fatal. This 3-D model was one of the first to set up a new supercomputer IBM Blue Gene Q, who was taken to the University of Melbourne this month.

Professor Michael Parker, who led the study, said that a better understanding of rhinovirus reaction to medication, can help in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. He said that the rhinovirus belongs to a family of viruses that cause serious diseases such as polio and meningitis. "The more we understand how to operate all the prescription drugs to one of the viruses, the greater are our opportunities for the development of new antiviral drugs for related viruses, which, hopefully, will save the lives of people around the world," - said Professor Parker.

"Supercomputers will allow us to look deeper into the mechanisms that are taking place inside human cells, such as drugs act at the molecular level. This study provides an excellent opportunity to accelerate the discovery and development of new antiviral drugs that will save many lives around the world."

This is the fastest supercomputer in the southern hemisphere and has 31 seats in speed in the world. It is able to produce 836,000,000,000,000 numerical calculations per second, and is thus energy efficient computer in the world.

Rhinovirus infection causes up to 70% of all cases of exacerbation of asthma, more than half of which require hospitalization. This virus is so small that the chain of 50,000 rhinovirus take a length of only 1 mm.

Original: Dailymail.co.uk


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