Author Topic: Online Gamers Crack AIDS Puzzle  (Read 505 times)

TeteoInan

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Online Gamers Crack AIDS Puzzle
« on: October 07, 2011, 06:00:18 PM »
I stumbled across this earlier in one of the magazines at my Dr's office:

"Who says gaming isn't useful? It took players of the online game Foldit - who had no background in biochemistry - less than 10 days to solve a molecular mystery that had stumped AIDS experts for nearly 10 years. Tinkering with 3-D computer models, gamers were able to work out the intricately folded structure of a key enzyme that allows an HIV-like virus to proliferate. Knowing its shape lets researchers fiigure out how to target the enzyme with new drug treatments."

I did a little bit more research just a few minutes ago and was able to come up with quite a few articles ( this is the one I think does the best job for being so short ): http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-2357351.html
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Re: Online Gamers Crack AIDS Puzzle
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011, 06:09:13 PM »
Yeah, heard about this long ago, thought it was really cool.
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Re: Online Gamers Crack AIDS Puzzle
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011, 10:27:25 PM »
Heh, woot woot gamers huh? :wink:

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Re: Online Gamers Crack AIDS Puzzle
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 12:04:29 PM »
Yeah, heard about this long ago, thought it was really cool.

I had to be bored enough to read a magazine to hear about it.  *<:)


Heh, woot woot gamers huh? :wink:

Definitely!!
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