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re: 🦠 COVID-19: How can we use our unique skillset to help our communities? VIEW POST


I wonder if there's any way at all data science/AI/ML techniques and tools can be used to contribute to the search for a vaccine.

Can someone with biotech knowledge explain in laymen's terms what it would take to find a vaccine? Could a site like actually leverage the global developer community to accelerate the process? Or this is just a pipedream?


You can contribute your computing power to FoldigAtHome. The Covid19 research takes GPU cycles and you can configure it to compute when idle.
Your computer contributes to the sars-cov-2 vaccine research. It's more of a brute force approach though, as far as I understand it.


Cheers. Yeah I've heard about contributing computing power, it's not really feasible though given my circumstances and computer.
I'm more interested in whether we can actually contribute to the research itself. E.g. maybe there's some sort of protein involved, and vaccine researchers need to model all the ways it can be folded. If it's a general purpose task, maybe devs could contribute without having specific biology expertise.

Again, I've no idea if this is remotely feasible or not, so would be nice to know how the process works to find a vaccine for something like covid-19

I've only looked into briefly as at work right now, but I believe you can also contribute on by solving puzzles manually. The idea being that humans are better at pattern matching and that eventually the results of the puzzles could be used to improve AI pattern matching.

Do you know if there's some sort of open-source COVID research lab, whether on GitHub or elsewhere? I'd be interested to see how the process for finding a vaccine works.

In normal times you'd expect biotech companies to strongly guard their proprietary r&d. But for a global pandemic like COVID, surely the incentive for everyone is to share research in real-time to find a cure faster?

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