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Folding at home – cancer cure

on June 8, 2006

I just wanted to quickly plug the Folding@home project run by Stanford university. It’s to help find a cure for cancer.

Here’s the link:

Basically you can download the code of a protein in the genome for your computer to fold in various ways, and this hopefully will help them find a cure because the way proteins fold and mis-fold is linked to the development of cancer. The folding program runs in the background of whatever else you’re doing, it doesn’t seem to slow the computer down at all but I guess it depends what you’re doing. When your computer has finished all the folding, you connect to the internet again and send it back, and get a new one to do. The project has been going for 6 years now.

So far I’ve folded almost 4% of a protein, which my computer thinks will be finished by Sunday (if I don’t turn it off, but it’ll be longer because I do turn it off at night).

Please consider doing this, especially if you leave your computer on when you’re not using it.


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