Predictor@home is a distributed computing project running on Boinc. Like SETI@home, the project will use the computing resources of people home computers to do what could only be done with a supercomputer. The project itself aims to predict how proteins fold.

I’ve tried writing this paragraph three times. I can’t seem to write a simple explanation for why protein folding is important to medical research, but trust me, it is. If you’re interested, here are some articles on DNA, amino-acids, proteins, and protein folding.

Predictor@home is still in the early testing stages, so I wouldn’t recommend it for people who aren’t comfortable with their computers. If you are though, you should seriously think about signing up. The life you save, could be your own… and all that jazz.