At the end of last year, during the very successful Methuselah Foundation donation drive, I said:
The Longevity Meme Folding@Home team has been steadily rising through the ranks since its inception, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the many team members. The team is closing in on rank 200, a point that has been marked as a milestone for while. The lower ranks are a tough slog, but the team has been doing well - growing and producing results.
I have decided that the best thing to do to mark the passage of rank 200, rather than send out another round of Longevity Meme tchotchkes, is to donate a chunk of change to the Methuselah Foundation, where it can be put to good use in advancing longevity science. Here is my incentive for the team: pass rank 200, and stay beneath that level for a week, and I'll donate $1000 in support of Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) research carried out by the Foundation.
The team recently steamed past rank 200 and, judging by the stats for surrounding teams, sub-200 ranks are here to stay. Please do drop by the Immortality Institute discussion thread for the Longevity Meme Folding@Home team to congratulate the volunteers. Congratulations all round, in fact!
I'll shortly be writing that check to fund a little more of the Methuselah Foundation's longevity science - and I hope that some of you folk decide to do the same this year. Don't forget that donations to SENS research are presently tripled by matching funds from Ryan Scott and Peter Thiel; my $1000 check will send $3000 to the researchers working on the LysoSENS and MitoSENS projects.
You might want to take a look at last month's update from the Foundation on the money rolling in and the new longevity research rolling out - things are moving along very nicely, and we hope to see even more progress in 2008.