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University of Basel

09 March 2020

Virtual screening for active substances against the coronavirus

Researchers have tested more than 680 million substances on the computer to virtually test one of the virus’ important proteins, the central protease. (Picture: University of Basel, Computational Pharmacy)
Researchers have tested more than 680 million substances on the computer to virtually test one of the virus’ important proteins, the central protease. (Picture: University of Basel, Computational Pharmacy)

The University of Basel is part of the global search for a drug to fight the rampant coronavirus. Researchers in the Computational Pharmacy group have so far virtually tested almost 700 million substances, targeting a specific site on the virus – with the aim of inhibiting its multiplication. Due to the current emergency, the first results of the tests will be made available to other research groups immediately.

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