What is Folding@HOME?


What does Folding@Home do? Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. We use 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 our approach to examine folding related disease.

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 is the Zama Team and How Do I Join?

Folding@Home , Like SETI@Home, encourages participation through the use of teams.  By Joining the ZAHS team, you not only help the folding@home project, you help promote Zama American High School Alumni name by showing that we alumni are helping our fellow humans solving real medical problems by donating our spare computer time.


You can join Folding@Home by following 2 simple steps, download the program, Define your username and indicate ZAHS as your team (number 12175).

Suggestion: Use your first name, last name and graduating year: e.g.: 'Bubba Joe 72' as your username





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