Biomolecular Simulations in the Time of COVID19, and After

Rommie E Amaro, Adrian J Mulholland

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COVID19 has changed life for people worldwide. Despite lockdowns globally, computational research has pressed on, working remotely and collaborating virtually on research questions in COVID19 and the virus it is caused by, SARS-CoV-2. Molecular simulations can help to characterize the function of viral and host proteins and have the potential to contribute to the search for vaccines and treatments. Changes in the modus operandi of research groups include broader adoption of the use of preprint servers, earlier and more open sharing of methods, models, and data, the use of social media to rapidly disseminate information, online seminars, and cloud-based virtual collaboration. Research funders and computing providers worldwide recognized the need to provide rapid and significant access to computational architectures. In this review, we discuss how the interplay of all of these factors is influencing the impact - both potential and realized - of biomolecular simulations in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date15 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020

Structured keywords

  • Covid19


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