Biomolecules are very important because they are the fundaments of life. Their interactions define all processes in cells. When the interactions go wrong, all kinds of diseases emerge.
Alexandre Bonvin's team has developed computational methods to try and model all these interactions. The team aims to study the social life of molecules and put together a map of the Facebook of molecules.
The researchers are making use of the European Grid resources to distribute jobs all over Europe and across the world to many different computers.
Recently, the researchers teamed up with the International Desktop Grid Federation to not only use academic computing resources but also private resources. People's home computers can deliver CPU cycles to do research. This is the so-called volunteer or crowd computing method.
By making their resources available, people can support the research and contribute to a deeper understanding of the social life of molecules. In the long term, this research also contributes to a greater understanding of diseases and the development of better drugs.
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