The computing phase of Say No to Schistosoma is now complete. The research team is analyzing the results and exploring the potential applications of the compounds that volunteers helped identify.
Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, the research team has identified 18 compounds that may form the basis of a more effective treatment. These 18 compounds are currently being tested in vitro. The team still has additional simulation results to examine and may end up identifying and testing even more compounds.
At this point, the investigation moves from the computing realm to the laboratory bench. Computer simulations were able to say which compounds are likely to have an effect on Schistosoma. However, it will require extensive additional laboratory testing before researchers know for sure which (if any) compounds are effective and safe in humans.
World Community Grid involvement in this project is at an end, but we wish the research team boa sorte (good luck) as they combat this neglected disease.