Profile: Michael H.W. Weber

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I am a german chemist currently working as a Principal Investigator on bacteriophages and RNA-related topics at the Botanical Garden of the Philipps-Universitaet in Marburg. My goal is to develop a universal construction kit for the design of bacteriophages that enables a systematic approach to detect and destroy antibiotic resistant pathogens - ultimately by using a fully automated platform employing microfluidics.
This work is followed up in cooperation with and the RNA World distributed computing project with the aim of making all of its results open to the public. There will be no patenting and intellectual property claims which I generally consider counterproductive for scientific and medical progress and society development.

I am running my private supply of computers 24/7 for distributed computing projects since more than 13 years now. For me it all started with Folding@home.

I like the idea that people from very different social and intellectual background can achieve goals TOGETHER rather than competing with each other. It is time to overcome country borders and develop a spirit of a whole-planet community in order to solve the globalization problems we are currently suffering from. As a consequence after many years of experience in the field of distributed computing and life sciences, together with a number of friends I have founded e.V. which represents the first and so far largest distributed computing association on this planet.
I am currently the President of and also the Project Leader of the RNA World project.

I also think that donating computing resources to projects that are open source and maintained by non-profit organizations should at least allow for the corresponding electricity costs to be tax-deductable - an issue that, as sad as it is, is not (yet) put into practice in Germany.

So, wherever you are and whatever distributed computing team you may join (if any) - help us supporting high-quality open science by networked computers.
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