The Distributed Computing Project Folding@home announced the addition of the New Coronavirus 2019-nCoV research to help researchers develop treatments. Folding@home notethat: 2019-nCoV is a “close relative” of SARS-CoV and works in a similar way.
For both coronaviruses, lung infections occur when proteins on the surface of the virus bind to receptor proteins on lung cells. This viral protein is called a protrusion protein. Because proteins do not stall, oscillate, fold, and unfold in a variety of shapes, we need to study not only one shape of the viral protrusion protein, but also all the ways in which the protein oscillates and folds into other shapes to better understand how it interacts with THE ACE2 receptor so that therapeutic antibodies can be developed. Understanding this information requires us to model the structure of the 2019-nCoV peak protein. We need to build a computational model that can achieve this, but it requires a lot of computing power. Volunteers can download Folding@home software and use idle computing power to conduct research.