Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. Its primary purpose is to determine the mechanisms of protein folding, which is the process by which proteins reach their final three-dimensional structure, and to examine the causes of protein misfolding.
What is protein folding?
Proteins are biology's workhorses- its "nanomachines." Proteins help your body break down food into energy, regulate your moods, and fight disease. Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." While protein folding is critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology much of the process remains a mystery.
When proteins do not fold correctly (misfolding), there can be serious health consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, AIDS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many cancers.
If we better understand protein misfolding we can design drugs and therapies to combat these illnesses.
- New Forum User
- Posts: 1
- Joined: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:16 am
Hey guys, I'm elitez28 from Fold4Jesus! I saw you guys were catching up at an insane rate and just wanted to drop in and say hi.
- Site Admin
- Posts: 1519
- Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:43 pm
- Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Hey elitez28! Sorry it took me a couple of days to notice we had a new forum member and that you made a post! Welcome to the forums!
Col323 is the captain of our folding team and I moved your post from the Welcome forum to the Folding@home forum. You wouldn't have been able to get into that forum until I got your user account approved.
- Experienced Cruncher
- Posts: 242
- Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:45 pm
- Location: Classified
Welcome to the forum and don't be a stranger.
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Return to “Folding@home”
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest