Foldit

Description
“Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research”

The game consists of players trying to determine the designs of protean structures

“knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small proteins can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom. Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.”

Age

16+

Where can I get it?

Download at http://fold.it/portal/

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