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Gamers Take 3 Weeks to Solve HIV Puzzle That Has Eluded Scientists for 10 Years

Maria Redin

Scientists from Washington University have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of a enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days.

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  • elaine ossipovelaine ossipov

    I don't play games, and in general, have a *not so good* Overall opinion of the games industry. Articles like this one, which I missed a few years ago, could influence me to change my opinion of games.

    I think it's a wonderful article, and I think it should be reposted and shared often to show folks how, "when we work together to solve problems what we can achieve."

    Everything is better with collaboration!

    • Maria RedinMaria Redin

      I was wondering how long it would take someone to notice that. I didn't see the date until after I posted it! Still amazing thought. :)

  • Craig DalrympleCraig Dalrymple

    I love it. When you put people and technology together you can find the most amazing results. It's not either/or it's both!

  • Ben GoldhirshBen Goldhirsh

    hahahahhahahha. that is so much fun to see. would love to know if the Foldit community has cracked any other major obstacles with their gameplay. Had you heard of them previously?

  • Corinna LooCorinna Loo

    Amazing. There is so much potential good to be done through crowdsourcing and game playing.