New Online Game Helps Solve Medical Mysteries

Friday, September 30, 2011


Using a game called Foldit, gamers build enzyme models that may be crucial to understanding how many diseases do their damage. Scientists couldn’t solve the crystal structure of the M-PMV retroviral protease for more than 10 years. Gamers solved it in 10 days. Zoran Popovic is one of the conceptual designers of Foldit - a kind of 3 dimensional Tetris.

Comments [5]

greg burch

Technology is smarter then the common man. Man is still researching how to solve medical problems/mysteries while a video game solved it within 10 minutes. But man must have created the game so the guy/woman who created the game must knew how to solve those medical mysteries to be able to create the game.

Oct. 06 2011 02:39 AM
Melissa Netzer

The game is a called foldit, the structure of the M-PMV retroviral protease hadn’t been solved for ten years and the game solved it in ten days. This seems to be a beneficial game and gave people a chance to put there brains together for a common goal.

Oct. 05 2011 05:46 PM
Irene OBrien

Loved this story. Am interested in the idea of crowd sourcing and in using groups to monitor war zones. Would love more information on how citizen groups participate in these areas.

Oct. 05 2011 11:10 AM
clopha deshotel from Bridgeport CT

The term "crowd sourcing" is going become far more valuable thanks to this.

Oct. 03 2011 03:29 PM
Rebecca Saulsbury

Very, very cool!

Oct. 02 2011 08:49 PM

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