GAMERS TO THE AIDS
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”.