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Screensaver harnesses computer power for cancer research

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7291.882/a (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:882
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Researchers looking for new anticancer drugs are hoping to harness the unused capacity of personal computers through the launch last week of software linked to a screensaver that uses free computer capacity to assess the anticancer activity of millions of molecules.

    The project is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and United Devices, a US technology company. Under the scheme, users download a free screensaver and software that uses spare capacity on the computer. The system, which uses what is …

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