Folding at home  

learningone 43M
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4/12/2006 11:07 am

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4/17/2006 3:21 pm

Folding at home

Ok. So this is kind of geeky, but my computer just finished it's first work unit (wu) for the Folding at home project. It feels good to know I contributed in some way to a program that might help cure the following diseases:

Alzheimer's Disease
Huntington's Disease
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Parkinson's Disease
Ribosome & antibiotics

I hope this doesn't get me in trouble with AdultFriendFinder as soliciting for another website!!

Knot4Everyone 40F

4/12/2006 8:36 pm

I appreciate your contribution to our future health! I really have no idea what a "wu" or the Folding at home project is, but it sounds cool!

learningone 43M

4/12/2006 9:47 pm

Thanks, knot4everyone! The folding at home project is a little hard to explain. If you look it up in your browser the website will explain it better. Just do a google search for "distributive rendering folding at home." I don't think AdultFriendFinder will let me put the link in my blog. Don't let the term distributive rendering scare you, it just means you are letting them use your computer (along with thousands of other volunteers) to calculate complex math equations for a science project.

learningone replies on 4/17/2006 3:06 pm:
Here's what the website has to say:

Our goal: to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases

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 at 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 at Home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems thousands to millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

P.S. When you type folding at home into your browser, make it all one word, with the word at being the at symbol (like in an email address)

learningone 43M

4/17/2006 10:27 am

My second work unit is half-way done!

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