Yes, you can make the world a better place while you are sleeping and it does not cost you much. All you need is a computer. Check the Folding @ Home project page for details.
I usually leave my PS3 unfolding proteins at night while I’m sleeping and I wake feeling great that I made the world a better place while resting. My Folding @ Home page can be found here. My Team id is 61686, join me if you can and lets make the world a better place while we are sleeping 🙂
Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its “nanomachines.” Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or “fold.” The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? You can help by simply running a piece of software.
Want to learn more?
Click on the links on the left for downloads or more information. You can also download our Executive Summary, which is a PDF suitable for distribution. Also, you can learn more by watching recent seminars (Stanford BMI ; Xerox PARC). One can also help by donating funds to the project, via Stanford University.