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  1. David14259

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    Hey Everybody!

    Come Join the Folding@Home PCMech Team!

    Our Team Number is: 13761

    For More Info on what Folding@Home is:
    http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/
    (Download Software Here Too)

    Basically you run tests on how Proteins 'Fold' and the results are transmitted to Stanford University. They use the information to help cure diseases like Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, and Parkinson's disease.

    The program runs in the background and doesn't interfear with other programs. It uses the spare CPU cycles that other programs don't use.


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    Okay guys, this thread has grown to a rediculous size, so I'm going to close it. It takes a long time to load this thread, it's kind of rough on the database, and the sheer size of the thread makes it hard to locate information when performing a search.

    I'm encouraging you guys to start individual threads for problems and questions from now on. I'm also going to be starting a "welcome thread" for new members.

    Happy Folding!

    ~Force




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  2. Clover

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    How does computer tracking relate to protein folding?
     
  3. David14259

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    I don't quite understand your question...

    If you're asking what the program does, it simulates how Protiens 'fold' or how they arrange themselves - what shape they're in. The simulations let the people determine what sometimes goes wrong and causes a Protien to 'misfold' which sometimes causes a disease such as Parkinson's.

    For more scientific information, look at:
    http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/science.html#fold
     
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    Timmaay! is in....
     
  6. David14259

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    Great! Glad to hear it Tim! Let me know if you've got any questions.
     
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    Thanks, I've been on this project for awhile now, started out with Google, but lost it when I reformatted.
     
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    Bah, loser Google - they're in 1st place by a whole lot! They have a tendency of downloading the folding program hidden in popular programs like the google toolbar....so they get people on their team weather they want to be or not.

    The Pcmech.com team is currently in 1851th place! We need your help! Join today!
     
  9. Clover

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    OK, I signed on. I won't pretend to fully understand it, though.
     
  10. TimPoet

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    Congratulations, Clover!
    Proteins go through a folding action during their normal body functions. These functions govern diseases when they do not fold properly. Our computers are assigned small chunks of calculations that simulate the proper folding of certain proteins in the human body. These foldings have never been fully understood by scientists. We are bringing understanding into the scientific world by doing these mathematical functions for the first time.
    When scientists can "see" how proteins fold, then they can more fully understand the disease process when certain proteins fold improperly. This will lead to groundbreaking cures for certain diseases that are caused by improper protein folding, such as Alzheimer's.
    We may even help come up with the cure for the common cold!
     
  11. Clover

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    Thanks Tim, I understand it better. :)
     
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    1847th place now.
     
  13. David14259

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    Welcome Clover! Glad you're joining us!

    How about you Homer15? Does that mean you're joining too?
     
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    yea, i joined. at the rate it's going, my first WU will be finished sometime next month. haha.
     
  15. David14259

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    Hee Hee. Some take long, some are quick.

    I'm running 2 computers 24/7 :) I've done a total of 15WU's. Each computer usually finishes one every 12 - 36 hours.
     
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    mine's doing 1 frame every 5-6 minutes, and it has 400 frames total. i started it at 7 this morning, and i've got 78 (19%) done. sheesh. they're just proteins.
     
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    I also got it running, that should give SuSE something to do while it's just sitting around idle.
     
  18. David14259

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    They may just be proteins, but I think they're rather complicated proteins. If you look on the Folding@Home webpage theres a lot of info on the different proteins that you are Folding.

    Welcome mikeL! Glad to have you on board!

    We're up to 5 Official Members:
    David14259
    TimPoet
    Clover
    home15
    mikeL
     
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    I finally downloaded the client again, back to folding
     
  20. David14259

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    Woo, Glad to have you back Scott! (Scott started the PCMech team a while back but had to quit) We're up too 6 Members!

    Anybody else interested?
     
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