Folding Home

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Help curing Cancer with your computer

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In 2000, Professor Vijay Pande set up the Folding@home project to study the cause of cancers and other cell-based illnesses. He is studying how proteins are assembled and the effect that this has on the body. By that way he hopes to one day understand how the cell mutations that eventually lead to cancer ocurr, and develop a preventative therapy or a vaccine.

If you used only your computer, it would take an entire day to simulate just a nanosecond in the life of a folding protein. That's why they developed Folding@Home project, which uses thousands of thousands of computers and new generation consoles from across the world, adding up the speed an processing power of all those machines.

If you install Folding@home (also know as Folding at home), you'll help to investigate when your computer is not being used. In fact the power of the Folding@home project is nowadays bigger than all of the supercomputers in the world put together.

You will not notice than Folding Home is installed in your computer, but if you want to see it, you can see how the process is taking place and know how much you have helped. It's great, now you can help investigators to cure cancer even if do not know anything about computers or chemistry.
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