Gamers Beat Scientists Into Deciphering AIDS Enzyme

After eluding scientists for more than 10 years, gamers managed to decipher the structure of an enzyme required to understand the AIDS virus. More astonishing, the feat was achieved in three weeks.

In order to understand the retroviruses viruses' family that includes HIV more thoroughly, scientists needed to understand the molecular structure of a monomeric protease enzyme, a cutting agent in the complex molecular tailoring of the retroviruses viruses.

Problem is, microscopes produce only 2D images of the 3D spaghetti-like structure of the enzyme. Scientists needed a 3D view of the protein so that they could unfold and rotate it to find potential targets for drugs.

Instead of writing and running complex algorithms for months or years to find the correct 3D layout, scientists created a multiplayer game called "Foldit" where players, divided into teams, compete to unfold chains of amino acids. Three weeks after the game's launch, all amino acid strands where unfolded and the complete 3D picture of the enzyme was revealed.

A paper about the experiment will be published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, with both gamers and researchers honored as co-authors.

"We wanted to see if human intuition could succeed where automated methods had failed," Firas Khatib of the university's biochemistry lab said. "The ingenuity of game players is a formidable force that, if properly directed, can be used to solve a wide range of scientific problems."

Seth Cooper, one of Foldit's creators, explained the reason behind the success of gamers where computer failed. "People have spatial reasoning skills, something computers are not yet good at," he said. "Games provide a framework for bringing together the strengths of computers and humans. The results in this week's paper show that gaming, science and computation can be combined to make advances that were not possible before."

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I atually know a lady that

I atually know a lady that works for the cancer program, she is a scientist, and she had breast cancer, and guess what? SHE WAS CURED, she told me with her own words that they can cure cancer, but there's too much money to be made from donations. she's extremely wealthy, Im talking a multi millionaire, she said the cure is under wraps for that reason.

Selfish fuckers!

There is no cure. Don't be

There is no cure. Don't be dumb and believe stupid stuff like that, and please don't propagate it. She was cured? Great. Lot's of people are cured. Cancer can be treated, and it can regress. There are treatments, and hers just happened to work.

Don't be so nieve idiot.

Don't be so nieve idiot. We'er on a planet speeding at over 22000 MPH (TO FAST IN AMERICAN SPEED) around a great big nuclear reactor, known to us as a sun, in a solar system propagated but other planets, in a galaxy that comprehends a size unfathomable to the human mind, IN A UNIVERSE EVEN BIGGER THAN A TRILLION GALAXIES... and we haven't found the cure for cancer... go and die you stupid fuck. You're one of the reasons we have "leaders".


And I'm still waiting on some news headline in the area of: This just in we have now discovered a second Earth and preparations to leave this decaying rock are underway. -- Just imagine the shock.

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