You Can Help Cure Zika At Home

Drawing on the computing power of the public to crunch numbers faster

OpenZika researcher
Dr. Carolina Horta Andrade, principal investigator for OpenZikaMarcello 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.