Gamification of protein folding… humans outsourcing supercomputers

http://consideronline.org/2012/02/13/play-a-game-find-a-cure-for-alzheimers-disease/

Hey guys, last week, I wrote a blog on the Consider website about how gamification can play a role in creating novel protein crystal structures. This translates into “they can help cure diseases” in non-science English. As I explain in greater detail in the blog post, this is achieved by combining a large user base and getting them interested in a computer game which allows for protein folding simulation. This simulation is then used as folding algorithms on other better computers.

What this does is put gaming to ACTUAL use. That’s right, by playing a game, you could help a research group figure out the structure of their molecules of interest. This could eventually lead to more timely drug development and efficient cloud computing.

Check out the program here: http://fold.it

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