Help Fight Childhood Cancer

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Help Fight Childhood Cancer is a distributed computing project that runs on the BOINC platform. It is a joint effort of Chiba University and the Chiba Cancer Center[1]

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Neuroblastoma is the most common type of solid tumor which afflicts children. Three different proteins have been implicated in the production of neuroblastoma. If these proteins can be disabled, conventional treatments would be much more effective. Medicinal chemists have identified three million different molecules which might disable the proteins. Treating it as a problem in ligand docking, a computer program called AutoDock will virtually attempt to fit each molecule to each protein in such a way that the protein is disabled.

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