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#1 Old 03-19-2005, 08:57 PM
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My BIL wants me to get involved in a project he's been involved in for a while now...



http://folding.stanford.edu/



What are your thoughts on this? Anyone involved? Is it worthwhile?
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#2 Old 03-19-2005, 09:03 PM
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The thread I started on this about a month ago died a quick death.

I would have thought more people here would be interested in a non vivisection approach to curing disease.
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#3 Old 03-19-2005, 09:19 PM
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I read the site, but I still don't understand the purpose.
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#4 Old 03-19-2005, 09:23 PM
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Some of this was over my head, but a very close friend of mine has a sister who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago and probably doesn't have much time left...It's interesting to see that steps are actually being taken that would make a difference...if not for her then for someone like her.



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aw bethanie, I'm SO sorry to hear about your friend's sister. My dad died of ALS in 2002 so I know exactly what a terrible, horrible disease it is.



OK I'm going to do it. Remi, sorry I didn't see your thread about it before starting this one. I just read it though and you sold me.
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Just to recap the goals of the project for the sake of this thread.



As part of normal life processes proteins "fold", folding at home aims to study this phenomenon through the use of computer simulations. If you participate you are donating your spare computer cycles to that end. The folding at home client runs in the background on your computer at a very low priority so it will never slow down anything else you are doing, it does most of its work when you aren't doing anything.



The benefit of the project is that it should dramatically increase understanding of how, why, and when proteins misfold. Protein misfolding causes several diseases including BSE, alzheimers, and several forms of cancer.



The faq at the FAH site is excellent and should clear up any concerns, questions anyone would have about running the program. To the extent that people have questions the faq doesn't answer, pm me and if I can't answer it I will try to find the answer.
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#7 Old 03-20-2005, 03:35 PM
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Sounds quite worthwhile indeed .
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#8 Old 03-21-2005, 09:20 AM
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I think it's worthwhile but keep in mind it isn't going to stop any experiments on animals. They have to discover these proteins in the first place. And computers are incapable of making original discoveries...they can only do the math. Ideas and original experimentation have to be carried out by human beings...on test subjects, human or non-human.
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