Outsmart Ebola Together Ends Current Phase of Work to Process Data, Look for Additional Collaborators

The Outsmart Ebola Together research team is moving on to the data analysis phase of the project. Read more in this message from principal investigator Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire.

Dear Volunteers,

When we launched the Outsmart Ebola Together project at the end of 2014, everyone in the world had become aware of the virus after it infected more than 14,000 people--and killed more than 5,000 people--in West Africa. The news cycle may have moved on, and the more recent Ebola outbreaks have not been as widespread. But Ebola continues to be a killer, with the most recent outbreaks (as of this writing) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Your response to Outsmart Ebola Together has been terrific, and you have returned more than 350 million results to help find new drug targets against Ebola virus. Thank you!

We now have more than enough data to analyze to find new directions for antiviral drugs. So, we are ending this phase of the project to finish processing the suggestions your computers, phones, and tablets have sent us. This is also a good time for us to make any necessary adjustments to our analysis strategy, look for additional collaborators on the project, and determine if/when we'll need additional computational work.

We will be stopping work on World Community Grid in the next three or four weeks. 

We will be in touch with more information and results!

Erica Ollmann Saphire

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