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Old 02-02-2008, 05:23 PM   #11
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oh...crystal clear to me now!!!
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:27 PM   #12
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Sorry! I'm not sure how to say it - how about these links?
http://www.dogforum.org/showpost.php?p=7162&postcount=1
http://www.dogforum.org/showpost.php...17&postcount=1
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:31 PM   #13
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its not you...its me...i still need my son to help me play a dvd...not very tech savy!!!
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:35 AM   #14
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In a nutshell, Stanford has a HUGE science project going on. It would be impossible for one big computer to do all of the work, so they split the project into very small piece that they send out to volunteers (just like us) for our computer to work on. When our computers finish with their small piece, they send the computations back to Stanford, and they get another small piece. With MILLIONS of computers all working on small pieces of the project, amazing progress gets made.

Is that any clearer?
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:39 AM   #15
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What is the overall goal of the project?

I'm doing it at the moment but not sure why, lol.

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I'm not a biologist, and I think that even if I were I would be hard put to come up with a simple explanation for what the background is for the folding at home project.
The link in wikipedia has a picture though that shows what the project is about.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_folding
What they are trying to calculate (I think) is how these complex protein molecules go from being a long strand to something which has "folded," be it that the molecule has folded the way it has supposed to or with some kind of error. And if they can understand that, they feel they can get a better handle on what causes certain diseases.
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[email protected] is the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world, according to Guinness, and one of the world's largest distributed computing projects. The goal of the project is "to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases."

Accurate simulations of protein folding and misfolding enable the scientific community to better understand the development of many diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, BSE (mad cow disease), cancer, Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis and other aggregation-related diseases. More fundamentally, understanding the process of protein folding — how biological molecules assemble themselves into a functional state — is one of the outstanding problems of molecular biology.
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I wounder how long it will take for the folding to be complete, do they have an estimate with the ammount of current volunteers how long it will take? Like millions of people are volunteering and folding daily, I just wounder how long it will take for the project to be completed?
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I would imagine a project like this could go on indefinitely. There's always going to be some disease out there that needs curing. As long as folding continues to contribute positive to the research efforts, there would be no reason to stop it.
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You can see in this picture just how many computers are folding for the cure.

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I think folding although a good idea, leaves your PC open to a lot of hacker attacks. I would NEVER do it on my computer.
Too many malicious people out there taking advantage of trusting people
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Folding in no way puts your pc at risk your at more risk just opening any website or talking to someone on msn,yahoo,icq so on.

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