Here is a program called Folding@home.

It is pretty simple. Just download a program and install it on your computer. It will run in the background. The main job of it is to help scientists studying Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and many cancers by simply running a piece of software on your computer.

Look at the rotating DNA structure I am working on below:


The following are the description from the official site.

What are proteins?

Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its “nanomachines.” Proteins help your body break down food into energy, regulate your moods, and fight disease.

What is protein folding?

Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or “fold.” While protein folding is critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, much of the process remains a mystery.

Download the desktop program here

And install it by double click it.

After installation, and start run it. The Client Control windows shown as below,

The more powerful of your computer’s CPU and GPU, the faster the job is done.

It is not working on Windows only. Linux, including debian, centos, ubuntu, mint, redhat, etc are supported. You can also install it on OSX.

Yeah, start to donating your computing time to this program.

David Yin

David is a blogger, geek, and web developer — founder of If you like his post, you can say thank you here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *