Latest Peter Coveney Stories

2008-01-29 11:59:39

The combined supercomputing power of the UK and US "Ëœnational grids' has enabled UCL (University College London) scientists to simulate the efficacy of an HIV drug in blocking a key protein used by the lethal virus. The method "“ an early example of the Virtual Physiological Human in action "“ could one day be used to tailor personal drug treatments, for example for HIV patients developing resistance to their drugs.The study, published online today in the Journal of the...

2005-08-15 14:10:00

Large-scale computer simulations have pinpointed a tiny change in molecular structure that could account for drug resistance in Streptomices pneumoniae, the organism that causes childhood pneumonia and claims 3.5 million lives a year, mainly in developing countries. Such knowledge could be invaluable in designing new drugs that are effective against the drug resistant strain. Experiments to find out how changes at the molecular level are causing this resistance are difficult and, so far,...

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'