Online Gamers Crack AIDS Enzyme Puzzle

Online Gamers Crack AIDS Enzyme Puzzle

video gaming by mzacha via morguefile.comOnline gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

Developed in 2008 by the University of Washington, Foldit is a fun-for-purpose video game in which gamers, divided into competing groups, compete to unfold chains of amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — using a set of online tools.

To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.

(READ the AFP story in Raw Story)

Thanks to Julia Frerichs for sending the link! – Photo by mzacha via morguefile.com

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