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[O/C]Introduction to [email protected] and Team 32

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Nov 1, 1998
Introduction to [email protected] and Team 32
by Adak

[email protected] 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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Jan 9, 2006
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 [email protected], but their abacuses were *so* very slow! :p :p :p

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.