Brownells Steps Up to Help with Coronavirus Research

by
posted on March 19, 2020
brownells.jpg

Brownells, the 80-year-old, Iowa-based online firearm and accessories supplier, has joined forces with [email protected] to help combat the COVID-19 virus pandemic. [email protected] is helping with an international effort to understand the molecular structure of the virus to identify ways to defeat it.

The organization’s website explains, “We’re simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities.”

Individuals and companies can donate their excess server space and computing abilities to the project, and the computer power will in turn help execute advanced modeling simulations to help speed an otherwise huge and lengthy task.

“Our IT team learned about the [email protected] project and their work using computer modeling to better understand the molecular and protein structure of the virus,” said Brownells IT Director Curt Graff. “We are committed to helping protect our country by virtue of our personal protection and sustainability products, but we see this as a way to support the international community in a time of significant need.”

“Proteins are molecular machines that perform many functions we associated with life,” the web page explains. “They sense the environment (e.g. in taste and smell), perform work (e.g. muscle contraction and breaking down food) and play natural roles (e.g. your hair). They are made of a linear chain of chemicals called amino acids that, in many cases ‘fold’ into compact, functional structures…Viruses also have proteins that they use to suppress our immune systems and reproduce themselves. To help tackle coronavirus, we want to understand how these viral proteins work and how we can design therapeutics to stop them.”

Brownells—a leading resource for firearms, ammunition, accessories, survival gear and more—anticipates it will donate at least 1,300 hours to the project and run approximately 200 simulations on behalf of the global effort to stop the tragic march of COVID-19.

Latest

.22 LR ammunition
.22 LR ammunition

Federal’s 22 Punch

The ever-continuing quest for the magic bullet has not subsided. In fact, as we journey through this new century, bullet and ammunition manufacturers are continuing to develop better projectiles for all shooting disciplines.

November Monthly Gun Sales Third Highest on Record

The number of firearms sold across the United States in November that resulted in an FBI National Instant Criminal Check System (NICS) background check was the third highest on record for the month, according to an estimate by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).

First Look: SilencerCo SCO15 Upper Receiver

SilencerCo is now adding to its line of AR-15 parts and is offering the SCO15 upper as a compliment to your SilencerCo lower receiver.

What is the Best Defensive-Shotgun Sight?

Ask for opinions on the best sights for a shotgun and you’ll get answers ranging from “laser beam” to “slick barrel.” Generally, the sights, or lack thereof, preferred by a shotgunner depend on two things: the shooter’s style and the anticipated scenario.

Everything You Need to Know About Subcompact Pistols

The last year has been pretty interesting, to say the least. It is hard to accurately interpret the information from the recent gun-buying trend. Normally, popularity is focused on what is selling and what is not. This type of sales information greatly helps the industry adjust and innovate.

How to Improve Home Defense with a Security Camera

Adding a security camera you can monitor from your smartphone can help create a layered defense system for your home and provide advanced notice of a potential threat.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.