International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and the University of Nottingham are teaming up to utilize IBM's World Community Grid in a new study on tuberculosis (TB).
The mash-up, called Help Stop TB, will be gathering thousands of computations-related technology resources for the movement.
TB has been around for thousands of years and can be found in one-third of the world, killing 1.5 million people in 2014 alone, making it on the World Health Organization's "most deadly diseases" list, right up there with HIV. It is adaptive and can come back with a vengeance if a patient quits treatment, which unfortunately happens in many areas that do have trouble with accessing proper health facilities. TB also commonly lies dormant, striking when victims' immune symptoms are weak.
Help Stop TB's program will utilize World Community Grid's past and present work, which amounts to over three million computers, nearly 750,000 people and 470 institutions from 80 countries. Help Stop TB hopes to better study the tuberculosis bacteria and its possible reactions to new medicines by simulating TB's protective habits and finding ways to break past it, ultimately crippling the disease and eliminating its threat to humans.