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Researchers use high-performance computers to find active substances against the coronavirus. Computer gamers around the world can help with this.

Jeremy Smith gets enthusiastic when he talks about his opponent. “The spike protein is a wonderful machine, an invasion machine!” Says the biophysicist. With the spike protein on its surface, the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 docks onto human cells and introduces its genetic information. This is how the reproduction of the corona virus begins. To stop them, Smith has access to a machine: the high-performance computer “Summit” in the US Government’s Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee.

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