Volume 89 Issue 39 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Gamers Solve Protein Structure

Foldit players find model that leads to solution of retroviral protease structure
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: protein structure, computer games, computational chemistry, distributed computing

Players of the online computer game Foldit have succeeded in solving a retroviral protease crystal structure that had eluded scientists for years (Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol., DOI: 10.1038/nsmb.2119). Foldit grew out of the distributed computing program Rosetta@home, run by David Baker of the University of Washington, Seattle, in which individuals donate computing power to solve problems . . .

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