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'Folding' for a good cause
Have you ever considered joining the 'AlfaOwner.com' [email protected] Team?

What is [email protected]???

[email protected] is a distributed computing project that is run by the Pandegroup at Stanford University. Their goal is 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 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.

For a protein to fold or misfold takes very little time, but it is hugely complicated. Analyses of the folding of even the simplest of proteins requires significant super computing power. The amount of computing power required to perform these gargantuan calculations and to come up with any worthwhile results is massive and most supercomputers today would buckle under the pressure. This is where we come into the picture with the [email protected] software.

The Alfaowner.com Folding Team

Started in April 2009, the AO Team is now in 311th place out of 187943 teams, having overtaken pretty well all of the other car club based teams, and with the help of a few additional members will be poised to surge into the top 300.

Will [email protected] make my PC run more slowly?

No it will not. When your computer would otherwise be idle, the software grabs the surplus cpu cycles for the benefit of this research and processes some of the data. When your computer needs to do some work for you the [email protected] program immediately stops.

[email protected] - Download the [email protected] software application

Have you got [email protected] questions? Leave them in this thread. One of the active folders will try and answer.

Have you joined?: let us know!

(Posted on behalf of the AO [email protected] Team)
 

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Thanks for the sticky, PG :thumbs:

It's not really about competition, but it adds a "fun" dimension to the cause :)

If you guys want to see how well we're doing, have a look here to see a list of our team members and points accrued.

Look on the left of that page to view other stats, like the Team Summary to see how we're doing relative to other teams near to us.

If you want to ask any questions about Folding, fire away, we're a friendly bunch :D
 

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Ok, is this something that works while your computer is switched on and stops working when it is switched off :confused:
Yes it is, Gibbo: while your PC is running, it just uses the capacity you are not using yourself on doing its calculations. Its activity decreases as yours increases and vice versa. I'm running it all day long and I don't even notice it's there doing its things.

My PC hated doing this, so I gave up....
What? Origami?

(I have to admit I'm going to have to re-install. After having run without any issues for a year and a half, it has now started not doing anything at all...)
 
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Sorry guys, but it was agreed that this would not become a chat thread or a PC repair thread! It's purely here as a way of encouraging more would be folders to what is an extremely worthy cause, akin to any fundraising thread.

Please only post questions. Any unrelated or unnecessary comments will be deleted to preserve the integrity of the thread :)
 

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Just wanted to bump this sticky thread.

We need more members on the folding team. We have a great core of people folding for a very worthy research programme into something very close to many of us.

Please, its painless to install and runs in the background of any computer or server switched on.

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I don't do this, but only because I don't leave my laptop on all the time.
 

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Even if it's only on for a few hours a day, it still makes a contribution!
 

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I've left my work pc on 24/7 basically for a year. It's only an atom though :p

Whats the team number and passkey ?
 

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My PC is almost always on so I've downloaded and added the team ID... :D
Well done that man!
Thanks for joining us :thumbs:
 

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Last time I looked we had 47 (now 48?) memebers but 8 have not uploaded since 2009, 10 since the first half of 2010 and 4 since the second half.

Come on folks! Get it downloaded and support team AO (163049) :thumbs:
 

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Signed up.

I might even stick it on to one or two computers at home too.
 

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That's all good news!
Thanks folks :thumbs:
 

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