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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:54 am View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

you guys heard of this?

http://fold.it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foldit
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Foldit is an experimental video game about protein folding, developed as a collaboration between the University of Washington's departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Biochemistry (many of the same people who created Rosetta@home).


Basically, some biochemists were watching their folding@home screensavers and would often see the computer get it wrong, "Oh man, if it only rotated that hydrogen backbone ring left instead of right it would have folded to a much lower energy state".

So - armed with this suggestion that perhaps humans could actually do a better job at folding than computers could - some ppl from University of Washington worked on creating a protein folding game that combines folding@home simulation with user input. You compete with the computer simulation and other players on the online scoreboard to find the lowest energy state of random proteins, earning points.


Here's a nice youtube vid about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axN0xdhznhY

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:57 am View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Now that's cool.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:01 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Scientists worked 10 years on a problem and the foldit gamers solved it in 10 days. this is wild.

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/18/7802623-gamers-solve-molecular-puzzle-that-baffled-scientists
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