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Use Your Library's Computers To Fight Cancer

Guest Author - Paula Laurita

Instead of idling sitting, your computer's can assist researchers in finding a cure for cancer.

Oxford University's Centre for Computational Drug Discovery developed a screen saver that assists in their research. By downloading the Screensaver Lifesaver program you will take part in, the "world's largest ever computational project, which will screen 3.5 billion molecules for cancer-fighting potential."

The Centre for Computational Drug Design at Oxford University is funded by the American charity NFCR (National Foundation for Cancer Research). In order to analyze the digital mountains of data that comes in it would be necessary to spend billions of dollars on computers. This makes an excellent screen saver for libraries in all settings. It uses computer "downtime" more productively.

What has come of this screen saver connection? Oxford reports:

Using Screensaver Lifesaver / LigandFit technology, we have identified three promising leads Mol597, Mol238 and Mol628 for urokinase inhibition. Based on the docking studies these molecules show high potential as uPA inhibitors. These molecules can be used as lead molecules for the design of better uPA inhibitors as potential anti-cancer therapeutic agents. We are synthesizing these molecules and testing them for biological activity.

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Sam Houston State Univ. Historian, James S. Olson, who lost his left hand and forearm to cancer while writing this book, provides a narrative history of breast cancer told through the heroic stories of women who have confronted the disease.

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Two sisters, ages eleven and thirteen, describe what it was like for them when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

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