Monday, April 18, 2011

The Unfused Journal launches its Folding@Home initiative

The Unfused Journal (previously AMD Unfused) has been around for almost a year now, and we figured that it's the right time, nice and early to do something that's truly worth our efforts. Our fellow coworker and friend Andreas has decided to revitalize his old folding team and assign it to TUJ, so lucky for us, we're off to a head start.

So we're inviting you to join our folding team, and because its for a good cause, we're going to offer a real nice prize to the highest folder at the end of September 2011! Don't get us wrong, its going to be a prize that you will enjoy for a pretty long time so don't hold back.

If you're interested but don't know what in the world folding is, here's an extract from the official Folding@Home website:

You can help scientists studying these diseases by simply running a piece of software.
Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers.
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.

What is protein folding?
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.

Help develop a cure by downloading the software here and joining The Unfused Folding Team (Team #156460

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