Researchers at the University of Washington have created a computer game called Foldit, that simulates protein structures using protein sequence-design algorithms. Players create protein structures, the more chemically stable the protein the more points the player earns.
The project is the latest innovation of the Rosetta@Home project that uses screen savers and computer downtime to work out how proteins fold.
"Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins."
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