Come join NBR’s team for Folding@home’s Fold-a-Thon to help further disease research. The Fold-a-Thon is a weeklong event where members of our discussion forum team will fold proteins using any clients available (computers and game consoles) to help further disease research.
What is Protein Folding?
As you probably already know proteins help your body to complete many of its vital tasks, such as breaking down food into energy or regulating your mood. However, before proteins are able to carry out these functions they assemble themselves or “fold”.
Why it Important?
When Proteins fail to fold correctly (misfolding), there can be serious health consequences, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many cancers.
Scientist currently believe if they better understood protein misfolding that they would be able to design drugs and therapies to combat these illnesses.
therapies to combat these illnesses.
The folding team here at NBR is a product of our very own member Dan (DR650SE).
Dan, like many of us here at NBR is an enthusiast overclocker. In his search for overclocking information Dan continuously came across “folding discussions”. The idea of folding seemed like a great way to test out his machine against others, but as Dan became more invested in folding, he also realized it was a community that acted out of compassion for others and looked to help further scientific research.
The true spark for Dan came when he learned the research from folding@home helps to further Alzheimer disease research. Witnessing firsthand the horror of this disease Dan decided that participating in folding@home was the perfect way to help.
In the first year alone Dan and the team (team#213698) has already managed to grow to 90 members and our team is currently ranked 197 out over 217,000 teams. The team alone has helped to complete 60,400 proteins for a total of 11 million points.
This feat is more than impressive on its own, but considering that our team is half the size of most of other 200 teams, and the most of us are folding on notebooks instead of high powered desktops, makes this accomplishment really stand it out. It goes to show how far the notebook has come in recent years, but more importantly it shows the strength of our community here at NotebookReview.com.
With the anniversary of the NBR team being this December, Dan decided he wanted to do something to try to help get even more of the community invested. He learned about the fold-a-thon and though it was a great way to compete, and help further the cause.
The NBR team has come a long way since its inception, but I know we can do even more. If showing off what your machine can do, while helping to further vital disease research seems like something that might interest you be sure to check out our team page (listed below).
How Can You Help?
You can lend a hand to researchers by joining our team by visiting our folding@home forums. After signing up for our team you can help by downloading and running the free Folding@home client software. The software runs behind the scenes using otherwise unused computing time.
Each computer that participates helps to increase the understanding of how proteins fold, bringing us that much closer to discovering cures for many diseases.
For more information on protein folding or the program please be sure to check out the folding@home website.
On part of NBR thanks to everyone involved. Now let’s go get “origami” on some proteins!