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How gamers devised state-of-the-art algorithms playing Foldit, a protein-folding game that has advanced HIV, cancer, and Alzheimer's research.
Gamers help biochemists understand the structure of a protein that is key to the growth of HIV in about 10 days.
Almost 60,000 people around the world have played Foldit, a game much like Tetris that involves folding proteins to tackle problems in medicine such as disabling the flu virus.
Foldit is a SETI@home-like project for protein mapping in which humans are the computers and disease-fighting research becomes a game.
Citizen scientists using a 3D jigsaw puzzle video game are helping decode how proteins work to advance research drug treatments and potentially renewable fuels and chemicals.
Roughly 17,000 registered players of the DNA sequencing game Phylo have helped solve more than 350,000 problems since November 2010.
NASA has turned to crowdsourcing for help in its search for embryonic planetary systems that the Hubble can study.
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New program helps predict complex 3D structures based on a given DNA template, opening the door to developing more targeted drug delivery systems, synthetic photocells, and more.
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