Folding@Home is a distributed computing project run by Stanford University. The goal of the project is to analyze how proteins fold in our bodies, and more importantly, how they misfold. Protein misfolding is known to be a cause or contributing factor to many different forms of cancer. Also among the deseases caused by protein misfolding are Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and probably more.
By doing simulations at a molecular level, the scientists at Stanford hope to uncover what triggers protein misfolding and hopefully provide answers to questions on the way to a cure.
That being said, Folding@Home is configured in such a way to allow groups of people to form under a team name and record all their contributed results under one banner. Competition has been a driving factor in the success of this project, and we aim to add to that success.
For a few years members of the EPO team have been contributing, as so can you. You can find out more information at the official website and download a client. Our team number is 34931.