Online game Foldit helps find AIDS protein structure

Fold.It online gameAn online game has helped determine the structure of an enzyme that could pave the way for anti-AIDS drugs.

The game, called Foldit, allows players to create new shapes of proteins by randomly folding digital molecules on their computer screens.

In the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, scientists write that they have been puzzled by the protein’s structure for over a decade.

But it took the online community just a few days to produce the enzyme’s model.

via BBC News – Online game Foldit helps find AIDS protein structure.

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