What is the aim of the project?
The Folding@home team released its software to the public in September 2000. The aim of the project is to simulate protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza, and many others. In order to carry out these simulations you need enormous computing power, which is extremely expensive. Folding@home brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations on their personal computers. Therefore, they are looking for volunteers who will use their unused computer power to carry out the simulations; if you volunteer you can help them to speed up the process and achieve results more quickly.
Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, thus providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.
How can this project help me?
You can learn new things about protein dynamics and how these are related to diseases by becoming part of this citizen science project. You can choose whether to participate alone or in a team, or you can start your own team. The donor and team stats are updated every hour.
How can I use folding@home and what are its benefits?
On their Website you can download their Folding@home software for free and start helping them to develop/ find cures by simply sharing your computing capacity by running the simulation on your own personal computer. You´ll be rewarded with points depending on the performance of your hardware.
Country of origin: US
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Categories: Citizen Science, Special Issue
Tags: biology, citizen science, computing capacity, computing community, medicine, open source, simulation, volunteer, volunteer-computing-project
image: Screenshot of the Folding@home web client made by Reiner Braun