Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 10th Nov 2004 20:01 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Here's an interview with Keith Davies of Find-A-Drug, a distributed computing project to find a cure for cancer. Anyone with a Windows, Mac, or Linux pc can run the client and pitch in for the cause.
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Nice post Eugenia
by Al on Wed 10th Nov 2004 21:48 UTC

About time I put my computer to use for something genuinely useful, just downloaded it, an absolute doddle to use too.

A bit annoying really
by Isaac on Thu 11th Nov 2004 04:16 UTC

They ask for free CPU cycles from many members yet want to keep the rights to any findings (i.e. patents so they can make money from it) and dont even make results public!

Prior art
by ntl on Thu 11th Nov 2004 05:18 UTC

If the findings are discovered on your CPU, you might have prior art.

Did you not read the article.
by a user on Thu 11th Nov 2004 08:24 UTC

there is no MacOS client (although you could vitual it).

It also cover HIV, Malaria, Respiratory Diseases (TB, Asthma, SARS) and is open to other ideas.

Also Isaac did you read this bit
[quote]... (FYI: Automatic processing of data does not generate IP which can be protected by International patent laws).[/quote]

The project has already been sucessful in finding inhibitors for HIV and Cancer.

re: A bit annoying really
by Anon on Thu 11th Nov 2004 14:29 UTC



QUOTE "We have made a commitment that any
profits will be distributed for further research via a charity."

RE: re: A bit annoying really
by Anonymous on Thu 11th Nov 2004 18:57 UTC

So why not register as a non-profit?

re: RE: re: A bit annoying really
by a user on Thu 11th Nov 2004 22:35 UTC

It is quuote (abotu Find-a-Drug at their site) "Find-a-Drug is a not for profit distributed computing project..."

They are delaying their move to charity status as it has no benefit at the moment.