Originally Posted by Epitope;11974592
Agreed. Correlation does not equal causation. I wish newspapers and news shows would get this through their skulls. However, correlation studies do make great sensational headlines...
I wish the people believing everything in the news would get that through their skulls as well.
It would be fun though. If you die in a car crash, you won't die from cancer. Therefore, car crashes are 100% effective at preventing death from cancer. I wonder what the world would look like the following days after that report!
Originally Posted by Magikherbs;11974457
If we focused just a tiny bit of our computational power and answered those questions, what do you think the graph would look like ?
Do you mind explaining then how we go from this:
Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;11952521
How so? Protein folding is an integral yet very little understood part of molecular biology. Every organism depends on proteins to survive and yet we practically do not have any existing models of the protein folding itself. It's a highly complex interaction of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, and electron charge-based interactions and isn't as simple as most people would like to believe. Then there's the fact that many diseases affecting primarily elders, including Alzheimers and Parkinson's, as well as genetic diseases like Huntington's, are all affected by misfolding proteins. Even as little as one misfolded protein is enough to cause aggregates to form and cause correctly-folded proteins to be misfolded, leading to the crippling diseases you see.
A model of protein folding could help us better understand folding and from there, help us figure out a cure where we could "chaperone" misfolded proteins into their proper conformations or even learn how to prevent misfolding from occurring, esp in those with a genetic disposition to do so.
It's an extremely subtle science, but anyone in biomedical research or molecular/cellular biology will tell you this is an astounding step forward. Many people, esp those outside the upper echelons of biology won't understand the significance of Folding @ Home but that's not to say that the significance isn't there.
Originally Posted by Magikherbs;11959696
How many cancer patients own a microwave, cellphone, or car. How many live near microwave antennas, toxic dumps and industrial pollution ? How many have a meat/GMO base diet ? Why don't we ever hear these numbers ?
The point of your post is about harmful behavioral/man made constructs that damage our health and possibly mutate our DNA. This has nothing
to do with the F@H project of studying protein folding. The F@H project aims to study folding at the post-translation level, whereas all your concerns are pre-transcription and aren't even covered within the scope of this project.Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/11/11 at 3:23pm