Gaming for a Cure – Computer Gamers Tackle Protein Folding

Games being turned into potential cures! Who knew that crowdsourcing science could be so much fun! 57,000 Foldit players proved that supercomputers don’t stand a chance against their collective intelligence!

“We’re combining computational power and human brainpower to tackle important problems that neither one of them can do alone.” – David Baker, a UW biochemistry professor.

Amplify’d from www.newswise.com [04Aug10]
Newswise — Computer scientists and biochemists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems.The game, Foldit, turns one of the hardest problems in molecular biology into a game a bit reminiscent of Tetris. Thousands of people have now played a game that asks them to fold a protein rather than stack colored blocks or rescue a princess.Results published Thursday (Aug. 5) in the journal Nature show that Foldit is a success. It turns out that people can, indeed, compete with supercomputers in this arena. Analysis shows that players bested the computers on problems that required radical moves, risks and long-term vision – the kinds of qualities that computers do not possess.Read more at www.newswise.com
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Gaming for a Cure – Computer Gamers Tackle Protein Folding

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