St. Blog’s is Folding Protein to Beat the Band!
Francois, our protein folding cheerleader and supreme plenipotentiary, writes:
I am pleased to report that due to the efforts of a few dedicated folders, the St Blog’s on-the-web protein-folding team has gone from nothing to 1300th place. Stats may be viewed at http://folding.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/teampage?q=12489. 1300th place doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that our team number is 12489… Well, then. That puts it in a better light, doesn’t it? Now, if we’re able to this well with just a few folders, think of what we might do if just a few more of the St Blog’s congregation signed up and started working the problem. You might even consider signing up yourself, Mark. I notice that your name isn’t on the list of current folders.
For those of the St Blog’s congregants who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Folding@Home project (http://folding.stanford.edu) Is a distributed-computing project that seeks to understand how proteins fold up on themselves. Since it’s thought that mis-folded proteins may be the root cause such diseases as Alzheimer’s and Mad-Cow, a good understanding of the folding process is required to effect a cure. You can help by using your PC’s idle-time to run the folding client. Unlike the walk-a-thons, you don’t have to ask your friends to sponsor you (yea!) and you don’t actually have to walk (double yea!) Go to the web-site and check it out.
One thing at a time. I just got DSL! I don’t even have a CD burner yet! I’m barely into the 21st Century!