So why is this site here?
This site is here to explain what protein folding is, and help those who are interested in protein folding get in “the game” sooner with a better understanding. This site is here to help people with little or no knowledge get involved in computerized protein structure prediction, a fancy name for protein folding.
Why do people need to contribute to protein folding?
The process of determining the best possible fold for a protein could take an extremely long time to do. The equations are complicated and the sheer number of possible forms a protein could be in is extremely large. The more people that help, the faster the research about the proteins will go and the better our knowledge of our bodies and medicine will be as a whole.
Can’t a computer do this?
Yes computers can do protein folding, but there is a catch. Because protein structures are so complicated, the amount of positions it could fold itself into are extremely high, and the larger the protein the more possible positions. It would take a single computer many, many years to figure out the best possible position for one protein. When you split the work up between dozens or hundreds of computers, the work finishes faster and therefore research on proteins is sped up giving the world a better understanding of the bodies we live in.
Even if it didn’t take as long as it already does to calculate protein structures, there are countless numbers of diseases, enzymes, antibodies and other proteins that are being researched by many different groups of people. So the more people contributing to protein folding the better!
It sounds like I should contribute then!
Of course you should, head over to the contribute page.