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Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail


September 19, 2011

the unsolved monkey virus protein Foldit puzzle Online gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for over a decade. This is the first instance that researchers are aware of in which gamers solved a long standing scientific problem. The discovery was achieved through Foldit, which allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting protein molecule structures. Full Story

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