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Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery That Baffled AIDS Researchers For Years

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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. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading.
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    Waaai....What?
    So, some person got lucky creating a predicted outcome structure or..? In either case, I'm grateful :roll:
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    Its not a game, isn't it like folding@home? Cluster computing?
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    Yeah, as I understand it, it's a basic game which basically runs FAH or similar distributed computing system in the background while it's being played.

    Or not...

    So it's basically human-powered FAH I guess. The Computer handles the math and molecular dynamics rules, and the player tries to assemble the protein under those rules. Like a puzzle game. Cool.
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    That would explain it:) Most definately going to start crunching for TPU as soon as I build my new rig...not to fun on a netbook:laugh:
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    Yeah I remember that thread! I also remember being about 2/3 the way to having it downloaded and installed and got distracted by something shiny (probably). Damn ADHD
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    interesting that they finally got results

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