If you develop cancer or a loved one develops it, one of the most frustrating things you may go through is the lack of empowerment. There’s a general feeling that you are at the fate of the doctors and how well your cancer responds to chemo. This applies to both caregivers and patients.
There are things you can do and distributed computing can help. I have known about Stanford University’s Protein Folding program [LINK] for many years now but never felt compelled to set it up. With cancer hitting so close to home it’s time to rectify that.
"What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes."
"Folding@Home is a distributed computing project — people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to our goals.
Folding@Home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems thousands to millions of times more challenging than previously achieved."
If you have a computer at home or have access to one at work I encourage you to download and install Folding@Home [LINK].