OpenZika researcher
Dr. Carolina Horta Andrade, principal investigator for OpenZika. Marcello Dantas

By connecting personal computers around the globe, the World Community Grid hopes to form a network dedicated to number-crunching Zika research.

Since the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency in February, researchers have stepped up their efforts to develop a treatment. OpenZika researchers are working to find the one in millions of chemical compounds that could produce the anti-Zika drug. They’re recruiting volunteers from the public to loan computing power and speed up the process.

When you sign up, you select the cause(s) you’re interested in contributing to — others include Help Stop TB and Outsmart Ebola Together — download the manager program, and let it do its thing in the background. The program runs on Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Android devices.