F@H and new Antibiotics?

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F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby moritzgedig » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:24 pm

Is there a way in that F@H could help with new Antibiotics?
There is a real danger that people will start dieing of pneumonia again.
My uncle went to the hospital because of one thing and then came back with a virus that he then died of. This might often happen with bacteria in the future. There are many resistances now and some pathogens are even resistant to all known antibiotics.
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Re: F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby Jesse_V » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:31 pm

F@h is already doing a lot of work in the fields of drug design, antibiotics, and drug resistance. Dr. Kasson is studying how a virus recognizes and infects cells.
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Re: F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby moritzgedig » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:41 pm

There are peptites that hinder bactria. Maybe the project could be used to simplify and strengthen them.
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Re: F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby JonazzDJ » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:14 pm

F@H is indeed looking into this. Some interesting links for you:

http://folding.typepad.com/news/2012/07 ... rgets.html
http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/fah ... ed?p=10720
http://folding.typepad.com/news/2012/05 ... asson.html

There's also lots of interesting information on the Folding@Home Wikipedia page.
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Re: F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby kiore » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:55 pm

moritzgedig wrote:Is there a way in that F@H could help with new Antibiotics?
There is a real danger that people will start dieing of pneumonia again.
My uncle went to the hospital because of one thing and then came back with a virus that he then died of. This might often happen with bacteria in the future. There are many resistances now and some pathogens are even resistant to all known antibiotics.


I am sorry to hear about your uncle.
Antibiotics are not used to treat viruses though, but perhaps you meant bacterial infection, there is some work going on on Vancomycin which is the last line of treatment for MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacterial strains, I a doing one now, project 10721 .
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Re: F@H and new Antibiotics?

Postby moritzgedig » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:08 pm

kiore wrote:Antibiotics are not used to treat viruses though, but perhaps you meant bacterial infection

I ment the parallel between hospital infections.
Now there was nothing against that virus, but in the future there might also be nothing against Bacteria.

kiore wrote:there is some work going on on Vancomycin which is the last line of treatment for MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacterial strains, I am doing one now, project 10721.

Nice, that might become very important one day.
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