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hello all. ive been reading on this all day and it still understand NOTHING on how it works exactly...

im basically wondering, how do you load a disease in a computer, to work on it?
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well from what I know a PC is sent a model of a protine and it works out what happens when that protein is introduced to another, I may be completely wrong though

edit: LILchris or zotac will probably know a hell of a lot more about what happens.
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Proteins are long chains of amino acids. When a protein is formed these chains of amino acids have to "fold" into very specific formations in order for that protein to function properly. When proteins "mis-fold" it can lead to diseases such as parkinson's, alzheimers, and cancer.

From what I understand, when we fold we are given a protein (or a portion of a protein) and our computers run simulations to discover how these proteins mis-fold. This information is then sent back to stanford and they study it to try and find a cure to these diseases.

That's my understanding of it, but I could be wrong.
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We don't load a disease, per se.

What happens is Stanford want to simulate the folding of a protein. Obviously, simulations are done by computers, but there are so many factors, and it requires so many resources to simulate it correctly, that they'd need a huge supercomputer. So, instead they distribute small parts of that simulation to us. We all do a part of it and return the results, and then they use that information.

It's got advantages over a supercomputer in that it costs less, its actually more powerful, and it allows the public a chance to feel as if they're helping out too.
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post #5 of 6
We ARE the super computer.
Add maybe more than 20 thousand Dual core computers
15 thousand Quad cores
maybe .. over 9 thousand 6-8 cores?



sad note:
I can't fold anymore ever since last year, my protein got stuck or something.. won't update :/
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You can delete it and get a new one.
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