Video gamers solve microbiology puzzle

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Scientists had been struggling to map the structure of M-PMV, a protein involved in a virus that causes a form of simian Aids, in an experiment called CASP9. The search, in that experiment and others, had been going on for more than a decade. The solution was not found by a laboratory but the players of an online puzzle game.

Link to Fold it (solve puzzles for Science)

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Foldit takes the best known models of proteins and offers them to game players, many of whom have no background in science at all. Armed with a set of tools to play with the model, the aim is to produce a version that is as stable as possible, with no molecules clashing with any others and low internal energy.

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