"Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don't need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's"
Quote from the website.
Anyone familiar with the SETI project already has a good idea of Distributive Computing, and the benefits of mass research.
If you would like to help in this effort, feel free to download the BOINC project manager, and then attach to the Rosetta project. Right now I run Rosetta on one comp and SETI and Rosetta on the other.
Warning: This software takes up ALOT of ram and speed. This is something that you should only be running at night, when you're not using your computer. Trying to work with BOINC running will hog your ram, and dramatically slow PC performance.