I had an opportunity today to try my hands at protein folding on Surface.  The snapshots were taken with my cellphone so the quality here may not be the best, but just a few pictures of hands on research methodologies. 

I have posted on this topic a few times but thought I would add a few pictures from my own experience.  When you think of the possibilities of hands on genomics software research, this is pretty awesome.  BD 

Surface 1

Surface 2

You can also zoom in.

Surface 3

Change some color configurations.

Surface 4

And when it was all done, time to play the piano. 

Surface 7

There are a couple free software programs that are screensavers that will use the idle time of your computer to fold proteins.

Information is listed below.

Protein Folding – Put your Computer to work for Science during Idle time – Stanford University

image Recently I had posted about 2 other programs and here probably the oldest program is in imageplace from Stanford University.  

Basically, all you need to do is download and install the screensaver and let it go to work when you are not using your computer.  By donating your time and processors it is bringing progress to the doorstep much sooner.  You can get started here on the download page.  The screensaver that runs actually looks very cool.  Most of the funding from the program thus far has been from private funding.

Fold It - A Game with a Serious Impact and We Can all contribute by "Folding Proteins" from our Home Computers...

You set up a profile and play against others on the Internet..."The more we know about how certain proteins fold, the better new proteins we can design to combat the disease-related proteins and cure the diseases.". The project has been given a grant of 20 Million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...the project was covered on NSNBC a while back as well....

Contribute to research on Malaria, Anthrax, HIC, Alzheimer's and much more...more information and the download of the software is located here...and donates computer power to the project...something like peer to peer in a related fashion, but the big difference here is the research and studies created to save lives and fight disease...it can be done from an X-Box as well....


  1. Thank you!

    It brought old memories from my Bioinformatics days =)



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