Foldit – help science by playing a game
It is a protein-folding game/simulation, designed and produced collaboratively between the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering and Biochemistry departments. There is a great introduction to the roles of proteins in metabolism and disease, as well as protein folding, on their about page.
Apart from the great software and in-game tutorials in protein structures, players at the highest level may be contributing to medicine! The University and associated labs are setting problems of protein folding for players to solve – each one an important molecule in its own right and some even the key to curing some diseases.
There is a great article about the game on RichardDawkins.net: ‘Computer game’s high score could earn the Nobel prize in medicine.’ There’s even a classic quote from co-developer Prof. David Baker:
“I imagine that there’s a 12-year-old in Indonesia who can see all this in their head.”
Too right. Let’s represent for Indonesia!
Download the game here and get playing!
Posted on November 17, 2008, in 04 Genetics, Chemistry of Life (Core & AHL), Free Resources, Simulations, YouTube and tagged chemistry of life, Chemistry of Life (Core & AHL), folding, foldit, free software, games, medicine, modeling, polypeptides, protein, protein structure. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.