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Solving Medical Mysteries Through Supercomputing

By Patrick Tolbert

WACO - TSTC joins the ranks of MIT, Purdue, Harvard and Penn State, among others through its participation in a breakthrough method of cancer research.

The program, "Folding@Home" is an effort of Stanford University that uses spare computer capacity from users around the world to perform computations of protein "folding."  When the proteins in the body misfold, the result can be diseases such as cancer and Parkinson's disease. The program taps into computer space donated by individuals and corporations around the world. This, in effect, gives researchers access to an incredibly fast supercomputer.  

TSTC Waco has been donating its spare computer capacity for about two months. Walton Yantis, instructor in the Computer Networking and System Administration Department, turned over the spare capacity of its new super computer to Stanford.

Led by a team of members who also donate their own personal computer space, Team TSTC Waco's donated space has now surpassed the output of MIT, Washington State, Sun Systems and others to join the ranks of the top two percent of teams participating in the program.

"We're grateful to all the contributions of the donors to Folding@Home and are excited about the great contributions being made at Texas State Technical College Waco," said Prof. Vijay S. Pande, Folding@Home creator and project leader and associate professor of Chemistry and of Structural Biology at Stanford.

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