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.
Distributed Computing Project interview
2004-11-10 Geek stuff 7 Comments
About time I put my computer to use for something genuinely useful, just downloaded it, an absolute doddle to use too.
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!
If the findings are discovered on your CPU, you might have prior art.
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.
QUOTE “We have made a commitment that any
profits will be distributed for further research via a charity.”
So why not register as a non-profit?
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.