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Computer Games Offer Potential Path to a Cure

August 4, 2010

Foldit players reshape proteins Biochemists and computer scientists at the University of Washington have created a computer game, Foldit, similar to the classic game Tetris, that harnesses the brainpower of computer gamers to solve the problem of how to fold a specific protein.  The researchers report in the Aug. 4 online edition of Nature that thousands of Foldit players have collectively bested the supercomputers on problems that required radical moves, risks and long-term vision. Full Story

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