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    [O/C]Introduction to Folding@Home and Team 32

    Introduction to Folding@Home and Team 32
    by Adak

    Folding@Home is the world’s largest distributed computing project. We work to discover the shape of critical proteins in our body as they arrange themselves, or “fold”, into their working shape. It’s quite amazing!

    Every disease you can think of affects us by damaging proteins in our body: muscles, nerves, bone, blood, organs – they’re all made from proteins. The proteins must fold right, in order to work right. Think of a key with the wrong shape. Not only does it not work, it might very well stop a good lock, or another key, from working. That’s how it is with our proteins.

    Science has been trying to study these complicated marvels for generations but, doing it by han is very slow work. Wouldn’t it be great if we could harness the laws of physics and the power of our computers? Perhaps run some sophisticated protein folding simulations and speed up all this research?



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    Here's a link for those interested, to see how stats are reported for the work we do for the folding@home project:
    http://folding.extremeoverclocking.c...ry.php?s=&t=32

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    Nice Artice Adak! Helps explain the complexities of folding in a simple, clear, and straightforward way.

    I believe your missing a d here "doing it by han[d] is very slow work"
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    Very nice write up! Great work Adak!

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    Great write up Adak, well done and informative for newcomers to folding@home,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surferseth View Post
    Nice Artice Adak! Helps explain the complexities of folding in a simple, clear, and straightforward way.

    I believe your missing a d here "doing it by han[d] is very slow work"
    Didn't you know that the Han Dynasty started Folding@Home, but their abacuses were *so* very slow!

    Thanks for the proofread, Surferseth. The missing "d" is a copy/paste error, only. It's not missing in the actual article.

    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone.

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    It was missing in the actual article, until I fixed it thanks to surferseth's comment.
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    It's not on my original copy.
    Last edited by Adak; 01-07-10 at 04:47 PM.

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    Great job at summarizing!

    Don't forget to mention F@H is not just on PCs but also thigs like the Playstation 3.
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    Nice write-up Adak!
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    Thanks everyone.

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    Awesome article Adak! I'm going to have to use that analogy in the future

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