GAMERS TO THE AIDS

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For those who thought gam­ing was a friv­o­lous pas­time, this is a great ri­poste. A group of gamers on a site called Foldit have un­rav­elled the struc­ture of an en­zyme, help­ing re­searchers work­ing with HIV and AIDS. While sci­en­tists had strug­gled with the puz­zle for a decade, the gamers cracked the case in three weeks. Foldit, launched in 2008, calls it­self a “sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery game that al­lows play­ers to con­trib­ute to bio­chem­istry by fold­ing and de­sign­ing pro­teins”.

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