School computers throughout Kentucky soon could be used to help cancer researchers develop new drugs to fight the disease.

Under the plan, public schools across the state would give researchers at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center access to thousands of computers when students aren't using them. The scientists will harness the school computers to operate collectively as a virtual supercomputer.

The combined processing power can cut in half the time it takes to screen millions of molecular combinations for possible cancer-fighting therapies, officials said.

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