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In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.
Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies.
forgot to mention this has already been posted.
edit on 19-9-2011 by UniverSoul because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by sbctinfantry
It's cool to see reality reflect fantasy once again. The military already uses games to conduct research, train soldiers and run scenarios.
Some notable uses are war gaming, driving simulators, flight simulators, combat simulaters, virtual immersive environment simulators, weapon simulators, and trauma simulators.
Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by UniverSoul
This isn't so much about a "cure" for AIDS - it's about:
1. Protecting the Free and Open Internet, and showing how it's valuable to humanity;
2. Understanding prions; and
3. Recognizing that common industrial processes cause proteins to misfold and create disease-causing infectious prions (note that vaccine manufacturing is an industrial process).