Online gamers use Foldit to unfold the structure of HIV/Aids virus that has eluded scientists for decades, revealing its fundamental structure for potential targeting by drugs.
“The ingenuity of game players is a formidable force that, if properly directed, can be used to solve a wide range of scientific problems,” said Firas Khatib of the University of Washington’s biochemistry lab said in a press release. “Games provide a framework for bringing together the strengths of computers and humans. The results in this week’s paper show that gaming, science and computation can be combined to make advances that were not possible before.”
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