[email protected] is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics simulations… [email protected] is one of the largest distributed computing projects. The goal of the project is “to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases.”
Accurate simulations of protein folding and misfolding enable the scientific community to better understand the development of many diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, BSE (mad cow disease), Cancer, Huntington’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and other aggregation related diseases. More fundamentally, understanding the process of protein folding — how biological molecules assemble themselves into a functional state — is one of the outstanding problems of molecular biology.
So far, the [email protected] project has successfully simulated folding in the 5-10 microsecond range — a time scale thousands of times longer than was previously thought possible.
All it takes is to download the free [email protected] software (click here) that uses your idle CPU time to crunch protein models to help scientists understand how protein folding works (and why it sometimes doesn’t work). So join the [email protected] cause today, and put Team 65916 in your program’s configuration.