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Brief Published: 16 Dec 2011

Fold It


A team of researchers at the University of Washington in the US have joined the increasing number of scientists who are turning to online gaming to solve the world’s biggest riddles.

The team created an online platform called Folt.it that pits gamers against each other to design 3D models of new protein molecules that could help provide treatment for diseases such as cancer, HIV/Aids and Alzheimer’s. A recent competition set by the scientists to configure the structure of an enzyme related to HIV/Aids took players weeks to solve, having stumped scientists for years.