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Folding proteins for fun and profit

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Fred F.

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Geplaatst op 10 mei 2008 - 18:10

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have turned protein folding into a competitive computer game and are hoping to harness the brainpower of gamers worldwide to make medical breakthroughs. Their game, called Foldit, uses people's natural 3-D problem-solving skills to tackle conundrums in how protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes.
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Het programma is te vinden op: http://fold.it/portal/adobe_main/

A new game, named Foldit, turns protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer's to vaccines.
After about 20 minutes of training, people feel like they're playing a video game but are actually mouse-clicking in the name of medical science.
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