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Stanford's goal: to understand protein folding, protein aggregation, and related diseases.

What are proteins and why do they "fold"? Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out their biochemical function, they remarkably assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, remains a mystery. Moreover, perhaps not surprisingly, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious effects, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, and Parkinson's disease.

What does Folding@Home do? Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. Stanford uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed us to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct Stanford's approach to examine folding related disease.

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Democratizing science?
Stanford's Pande, who models how proteins fold, was among the first scientists to ride the public-resource computing wave. Proteins are like self-assembling puzzles for which we know all the pieces (the sequence of amino acids in the protein backbone) as well as the final picture (their shape when fully folded), but not what happens in between. It only takes microseconds for a typical protein to fold itself up, but figuring out how it does it is a computing nightmare. Simulating nano-second slices of folding for a medium-sized protein
requires an entire day of calculation on the fastest machines and years to finish the job. Breaking through what Pande calls "the microsecond barrier" would not only help us understand the physical chemistry of normal proteins, but it could also shed light on the many diseases caused by misfolding, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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