|Opened on:||Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 03:02|
|Last modified:||Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 20:20|
I'm struggling to understand the reasons for fold.it at a very basic level...and I know little about biology/genetics.
1. Why isn't it possible to watch in realtime how nature actually folds a protien? Does it happen too quickly, can we not see things at that level of detail? This seems key to getting people hooked into the site, but I don't see it explained anywhere.
2. Nature must have some sort of algoritm for folding protiens, no? It can't possibly be trying all the combinations that super computers can't get through in a reasonable amount of time. So...why isn't folding testing *algorithms* for folding across lots of different protiens with known solutions, instead of doing one-offs of individual protiens? I mean, isn't the holy grail to figure out Nature's generic folding algorithm? If so, is that just too difficult a task to even try?
Thanks for any help you can offer in this direction. I would love to see this online somewhere.
P.S. I would have posted this to the forum, but it's telling me I'm not authorized to see that area when I'm logged in. I can see it when I'm not logged in, but can't post.