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Folding@home: Contributing to COVID-19 Research from the Comfort of your Home


The following summary is sourced from the Folding@home website. To learn more and get involved, click here.


The Folding@home software runs while you do other things.

While you keep going with your everyday activities, your computer will be working to help us find cures for diseases like cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza and many others.

What You Can Do:

  • Donate computing power: Downloading Folding@home and helping us run simulations is the primary way to contribute. These calculations are enormous and every little bit helps! Usually, your computer will never be idle, but we’ve had such an enthusiastic response to our COVID-19 work that you will see some intermittent downtime as we sprint to setup more simulations. Please be patient with us! There is a lot of valuable science to be done, and we’re getting it running as quickly as we can.

  • Don’t miss our client FAQ. HERE

  • To focus on Covid19 research set your category to any.

  • If you don’t have computers to contribute or are feeling particularly generous, you can also make donations through Washington University in St. Louis. These funds are used for a number of purposes, including:

  • Supporting our software engineering and server-side hardware (particularly important right now as we scale up rapidly!)

  • Buying compounds to test experimentally based on insight from our simulations.


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