Supercomputer empowers researchers to answer the 64-million-atom question by running detailed simulations of HIV
Researchers have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus's genetic material and is a key to its ability to infect and debilitate the human body's defense mechanism. Detailed simulations were achieved with the use of a supercomputer on a 64 million atom sample. The capsid has become an attractive target for the development of new antiretroviral drugs that suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of AIDS.
The research paper describing these results is the cover story of this week's journal Nature (May 30, 2013).