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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Folding@Home

What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery. Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

You can help by simply running a piece of software. Folding@Home is a distributed computing project -- people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to our goals. Folding@Home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems thousands to millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
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1 comments:

benny said...

How come we have ended with a body different form that of another? Chance made you and me. Some elements spewed out of supernovae have done their part; nature and nurture alike. Looking closer one would notice, especially in the case of protein folding how precise it has to be. We are accidental creatures wandering in cosmos but we require careful planning in order to reach any place we want to attain.
In order for protein to do its tasks it need the help of all other proteins in the body.
Isn't that a wonderful lesson for mankind? Mankind as one body?
benny

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