Folding@Home project breakthrough


— 5:14 PM on October 22, 2002

Congratulations are in order for the Folding@Home distributed computing project, which has just successfully simulated a complete protein fold.

Now Pande, of Stanford University in California, his team and his volunteers have payback: the virtual folding of a protein, atom by atom. The small molecule, which normally folds in a mere five thousandths of a second, took 2000 years of computer time to crack.
A successfully simulated protein fold hardly means that the Folding@Home project is over, but it does prove the concept and viability of the project. TR's own Folding@Home team deserves a hearty round of applause for its continuing protein-crunching efforts, and we've broken out a stylish array of team shirts to celebrate.
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