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Distributed projects tackle protein mystery

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A computing paradigm popularized by the search for life in outer space is now being directed at understanding life from the inside. Two recently launched programs, one independent, the other under the auspices of Stanford University, have developed SETI@home-like distributed computing programs that rely on lay participants' computing power to help them unlock the biological mystery of how proteins fold. More specifically, the Folderol and Folding@home projects are attempting to shed light on the protein-folding mystery using the screensaver-based distributed computing model popularized by the SETI@home project. Although each project takes a different approach to the folding problem, both rely on ever-increasing PC performance and the willingness of lay users to participate in solving this biological mystery

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )