Monday, September 19, 2011

Gamers Piece Together Retrovirus Enzyme Structure

Posted by samzenpus  
from the all-that-tetris-paying-off dept.
An anonymous reader writes"Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. After scientists repeatedly failed to piece together the structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus, they called in the Foldit players. The scientists challenged the gamers to produce an accurate model of the enzyme. They did it in only three weeks."

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