US Gamers Crack Puzzle in AIDS Research that Stumped Scientists for Years

[From the article: Looking for a solution, researchers at the University of Washington turned to Foldit, a program created by the university a few years ago that transforms problems of science into competitive computer games, and challenged players to use their three-dimensional problem-solving skills to build accurate models of the
protein. With days, the gamers generated models good enough for the researchers
to refine into an accurate portrayal of the enzyme’s structure. What’s more,
the scientists identified parts of the molecule that are likely targets for
drugs to block the enzyme.]

US Gamers Crack Puzzle in AIDS Research that Stumped Scientists for Years

Fox News – ‎26 minutes ago‎

In just three weeks, online gamers deciphered
the structure of a retrovirus protein that has stumped scientists for over a
decade, and a study out Sunday says their breakthrough opens doors for a new
AIDS drug design.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/09/19/us-gamers-crack-puzzle-in-aids-research-that-stumped-scientists-for-years/

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