Thursday, February 27, 2003

Can I Borrow a Few Hours of Processing Power While You're Asleep?

According to a report by McGee in "All in the Name of Science" (, distributed computing has allowed 40,000 idle home computers to be linked and used to map the folding sequence of proteins. This information gives valuable information into diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Without the use of this method, expensive supercomputers would be needed to complete this research, according to Christopher Snow, a Stanford graduate student and project scientist. This type of research may soon be used to examine cancer mutations.

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