Gamers design brand new proteins using Foldit
A team of researchers encoded their specialized knowledge into the computer game Foldit to enable citizen scientists to successfully design synthetic proteins for the first time. The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington School of Medicine led the multi-institutional effort. Foldit was created in 2008 as a way to 'gamify' protein research. Proteins are essential biomolecules found inside every cell of every organism. Their intricate 3D structures give rise to their diverse functions, which include digestion, wound healing, autoimmunity and much more.
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