By this fall, the Floyd County School System will have 1,200 new computers thanks to coal severance tax money being used with a grant program for cancer research.
The students won't be doing cancer research, but while they're working on school projects and even when they're at home, the computers will be busy gathering information for researchers at the University of Louisville. They are searching for better treatment drugs for 28 different types of cancer, including lung cancer.
"Of those, four of them are going to the next level to be fully evaluated before we do the pre-clinical testing," said U of L Researcher Dr. John O. Trent.
Kentucky Dataseam grid locks more than seven thousand computers across Kentucky meaning more than 150 years of cancer research is being done in one month. Officials say that number will multiply after Floyd County's computers start up.