Fold pro­teins and develop new drugs

Science Illustrated - - NATURE -

PLAY: Pro­teins are bi­o­log­i­cal ma­chines that can make mus­cles con­tract. They are made up of folded chains of mol­e­cules, and the fold­ings are vi­tal for their func­tions. How­ever, sci­en­tists have dif­fi­cul­ties pre­dict­ing how they fold in the body, so Amer­i­can sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped the Foldit on­line game, in which you must fold pro­teins in 3D. You score points, when you find the most har­monic folds, in which mol­e­cules’ at­trac­tion and re­jec­tion is bal­anced. The Foldit project has helped sci­en­tists develop new drugs.



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