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PerryC May 12, 2011 10:04 AM

Teen using computers for research
 
Saw this on CTV news website today.

Ont. teen wins top prize for cystic fibrosis discovery - CTV News

Not specifically described as folding, but looks to me what the supercomputing network did for him. What's really scary is this kid is only 16.

Dead Things May 12, 2011 10:41 AM

Thanks for sharing Perry. There's a line in that story that should really resonate with folders: Certainly, while this is a first step for these two compounds, it's a long way from developing these drugs," he said, noting that any resulting drug is probably 15 years down the pipeline.

Important to keep that in mind, especially in today's instant-gratification society.

chrisk May 12, 2011 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Dead Things (Post 514387)
Thanks for sharing Perry. There's a line in that story that should really resonate with folders: Certainly, while this is a first step for these two compounds, it's a long way from developing these drugs," he said, noting that any resulting drug is probably 15 years down the pipeline.

Important to keep that in mind, especially in today's instant-gratification society.


Agreed. You got folks folding for a year or so complaining that no breakthroughs (ie. cures) have been announced.

On the contrary, some research has been published using our machines to simulate proteins but it takes a while for theories and the peer review processes to bear fruit.

PerryC May 12, 2011 04:05 PM

Pretty much what I had been thinking. While Zhang's discovery is phenomonal in itself, the research that is required to make full use of what he has found is phenomonal as well. This is discovery is only the beginning, and everything has to start somewhere.


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