Together PCs forecast fold

200,000 people donated 2,000 total years of computing time over the past two years in a distributed computing effort to simulate the folding of a single protein.

Trying to anticipate how the many atoms within a protein interact as it crumples up is a mind-bending problem – involving near a billion steps.

In silico experiments such as this may eventually shed light on treatments for other diseases caused by mis-folded proteins.

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