The Human Proteome Folding Project utilizes genetic sequencing to analyze the proteins within it. Understanding the function of proteins can aid researchers with medical progress and finding cures for diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and malaria. Medical professionals can also use the knowledge of proteins to give diagnoses to patients which are specific to them in the present moment, rather than utilizing patient data such as age, weight, sex, etc. to create predictions.
Researchers are using the World Community Grid for computational power to analyze proteins due to the high volume that need to be analyzed. The grid combines the power of multiple computers so that information can be found and shared faster than with using just one computer. The computers are capable of testing out different ways to fold the protein chains in the same way the human body does. This technology uses machine learning to recognize protein folds, which can give insights into the function of the protein, such as predictions into RNA-binding ability.
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- Human Genome ProjectThe Human Genome Project (HGP), managed by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), completed sequencing the human genome in 2003 and made it freely available to scientists and researchers. The mission of the HGP has expanded to seek understanding of functional components of the genome and role of the genome in health and disease.