Folding@home - a way to participate in disease research

Recently I stumbled upon https://foldingathome.org/

It’s a distributed computing structural biology project, currently run by Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine.

In short, you volunteer computer time to contribute to protein dynamics simulations, addressing protein folding and interactions in the millisecond range (which is a huge computational challenge, since proteins are quite big). The goal is to find drug targets for Huntingtons, Alzheimers and Cancer treatment through detailed understanding of the underlying molecular mechanism. There are current projects working on Corona virus proteins too.

I understand the issues with personal data privacy (and electricity bills), but I’ve decided for myself that the project is legit and I’m participating. I’m not in any way affiliated with folding@home. This is what the interface looks like once the program is running:

So, check it out for yourself, and I hope I haven’t broken any forum rules by posting this.

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