How Online Gamers Are Solving Science’s Biggest Problems

How Online Gamers Are Solving Science’s Biggest Problems

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Scientist calculations-Rudolph Pariser-ELISE CommunicationsA new generation of online games don’t just provide entertainment – they help scientists solve puzzles involving genes, conservation and the universe.

Such games have allowed players with little or no scientific knowledge tackle some of science’s biggest problems. And gamers are already proving their worth.

In, 2011, gamers played Foldit, an online puzzle game, to research the structure of an enzyme that causes disease. To the astonishment of scientists, who had been working on the problem for years, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.

(READ the article in the Guardian)

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