Welcome to the Social Docking Project! This is a virtual screening application written entirely using HTML5.
By leaving this browser window open, you are helping to find chemicals of pharmaceutical relevance towards Alzheimers, AIDS, and telomere maintenance. All computations are done by your web browser. Each ligand against 3 receptors takes about 10 minutes to run to completion. The goal is to finish 25,000 molecules by Jan 31, 2012.
To quit this program, just close this window.
To dual-wield, open this app in another window.
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What is it?
The drug development pipeline is very expensive - it takes over 0.8 billion dollars for a pharmaceutical company to find, test, and introduce a drug into the market.
Virtual screening is a way to 'simulate' drug testing by using a supercomputer to narrow down drug candidates. Although this is far cheaper than the conventional pipeline, supercomputers don't grow on trees. There have been some efforts (Folding@home and SETI@home) to use volunteer computers, but these projects involve installing complicated software.
Comparison with other VS solutions
old-fashioned volunteer computing
Accessible within 3 seconds?
Operate master/slave distributed network
Install BOINC software, attach client to project, deal with Firewalls, troubleshoot
Press the 'Start' button
$25,000 - $300 million
how does it work?
Behind the scenes: Web Workers run a Metropolis Monte Carlo Search with the ligand constrained to a binding site in the target. Enthalpy is calculated using the General Amber Force Field and Entropy is considered by taking the average of the Boltzmann distribution (how well the ligand 'tumbles down' the energy hypersurface).
None! As long as your computer/iPhone possesses the capability to push the start button, you should be all set. For best results, use Chrome/Firefox/Safari.
Chemical (formula) currently being tested:
- Hückel's rule
- Gasteiger Partial Charge Equalization
- General Amber Force Field(Newtonian Mechanics using Quantum Mechanics force constants)
- Metropolis Monte Carlo Search Algorithm
You should do _______ with your project!
I'm currently developing a lot of new features - many improvements coming in the future. All the code will be open-sourced with the GPL License a few months from now. However, I'm open to new ideas! Send me a FB message.
How much did this project cost?
One of the goals of this project was to spend this on the budget of a high school science fair project (which it is, after all). SocialDocking costs $0 to operate, but is limited in frontend instances by Google App Engine's pricing system.
Special thanks to Nikolai and Chris from UCSF for fruitful discussion. Also a big thanks to iChemLabs for their cloud services.
Copyright 2011, Eric Jang