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callmebob

help fight cancer

http://folding.stanford.edu/

It's called Folding @ Home.

What is folding at home? Simply it's helping fight cancer and many other diseases with no effort. Even the laziest can help the cause.

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

What are proteins and why do they "fold"? Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out their biochemical function, they remarkably assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, remains a mystery. Moreover, perhaps not surprisingly, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious effects, 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 does Folding@Home do? Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. We use novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed us to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct our approach to examine folding related disease.


^^---from the webpage---^^

Please take 5 minutes out of your time to DL this program then just let it run 24/7 in the background of your computer or if it slows it down too much, let it run while you aren't using your computer.

I just came across this and I thought it would be a great thing to share with you guys on pbvids. I decided to do it because my mom has recently been digonosed with thyordic cancer. To tell you the truth if that never happend I probly would never have ran this program. But trust me she going through a VERY VERY tough time along with all of us, her family. Its something you guys will probly never realize the seriousness too untill it hits you personally which I hope it never does beause its very devistating but think of all the people that these deseases effect and their family and please run this, even if its while your sleeping and at school or work, or even while your out for a little while. Each little bit counts.

Thanks.
You Wont See Me

What exactly does it do? Just simulate the folding process?
HS

Pretty much.

Mine's running pretty much non-stop.
Ghostslinger

dam... im sorry bout your mum. ok ill do it then.
HS

Ironically, callmebob just copy/pasted that from PBVids, but his mom did in fact die of breast(?) cancer a long while back.

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