Any geek worth his or her cred knows about Folding@Home, the distributed computing project started by Stanford University to help understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases. When proteins do not fold correctly, there can be serious consequences, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and many cancers and cancer-related syndromes. People from around the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer cycle takes the project closer to its goals: to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases.
I think Folding@Home is a great cause and created a Folding@Home team to serve as basis for contributing some of my spare CPU cycles. How about you? If you have a few cycles to spare how about dedicating some to their efforts? I would also consider it an honor if would join my team. To join, simply enter the team number 78746 when you install and configure the client.