The Longevity Meme Folding@Home team has made great progress since hitting rank 500 a few short months ago. As an examination of the statistics shows, the team has now reached rank 400 - congratulations all round!
Folding@Home is a way to donate spare processing cycles to advance our understanding of human biochemistry; this understanding forms the smallest blocks on which modern biotechnology and medical research is built.
Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.