Guest post from Dr. Gregory Bowman, UC Berkeley
Ken Dill, a long-standing leader in protein folding, just published a beautiful review article about progress in the field. The main point is that what began as a specific research question has now evolved into an entire field with numerous research directions. It’s would be difficult to provide a more eloquent explanation than Ken’s, so here are a few excerpts from the article
“The protein-folding problem was first posed about one half-century ago. The term refers to three broad questions: (i) What is the physical code by which an amino acid sequence dictates a protein’s native structure? (ii) How can proteins fold so fast? (iii) Can we devise a computer algorithm to predict protein structures from their sequences?... computer simulations of the physical forces in chemically detailed models have now achieved the accurate folding of small proteins… What began as three questions of basic science one half-century ago has now grown into the full-fledged research field of protein physical science.”
Insights and achievements from Folding@home are highlighted on a number of occasions throughout the article. So, congrats to all for helping to establish this ever-growing field.
Also, there's a nice video about this online for those who are interested