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I'm really sorry if this is a retarded but what is folding@home and why do you do do it? I've only ever used a pc for the internet and games and am only new to online communities such as this cheers in advance
    
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Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers.
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.
What is protein folding?
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.


http://folding.stanford.edu/
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Folding@Home is distributed computing. Stanford University uses my computer along with a million others to do calculations to aid in their research of diseases and how they are affected by protein folding and misfolding. When a protein is synthesized in your body, it takes a fraction of a second to fold over on itself into its stable form. Occasionally this process can go wrong, and it is believed that this plays a part in diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and cancer.
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If you don't turn your computer off when you go to sleep or leave the house you should defiantly consider putting a client on your system! Assuming you are intrigued about what scrappy and tridacnid said. Plus if you do decide to add a client and get addicted you can 24/7 fold!
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Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers.
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.
What is protein folding?
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.


http://folding.stanford.edu/
/thread. Great description.
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Another summary: it uses your computer to figure out what proteins do, so scientists can figure out how cells behave.
 
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post #7 of 19
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sounds like a great idea and a good cause ill def get into it when i get my new rig built cheers for the info much appreciated guys
    
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Your PC would fold very well.
 
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I killed my i7 920 by running it at 1.62v core @ 4.65ghz just to fold

Now that was a dumb idea but folding didn't kill it. I did
    
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Admitting your mistakes starts the healing process Patrick. I'm proud of you.
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