Online Gamers Help UW Researchers Solve AIDS MysterySeptember 23, 2011
Scientists from the University of Washington (UW) sought the help of gamers to configure the structure of a retrovirus enzyme linked to AIDS. The game involved in this breakthrough is Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. According to the UW researchers, this is the first time that researchers have teamed up with game experts to solve a long-standing scientific puzzle. The scientists have been working to solve the puzzle for more than a decade but the gamers solved it for only a few days. This implies that humans and computer models can learn from each other in real-time.
"People have spatial reasoning skills, something computers are not yet good at," said Seth Cooper of the UW Department of Computing Science and Engineering, who is a co-creator of Foldit. "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."
Now that the scientists know the structure of the enzyme, they are hoping that the information will help speed up the development of anti-AIDS drugs that can inhibit the enzymes.
Read more information at http://games.cs.washington.edu/drupal6/index.php?q=node/9.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- The Benefits of Biotech to Agriculture
- Benefits of Good Nutrition Take Center Stage at UN High-Level Event
- Science Communication to Step Up in Muslim Countries
- US Embassy in Gambia Conducts Biotech Seminar for Policy Makers
- Scientists Develop New Potato Lines to Wage War on Wireworms
- Breeding Soybeans for Improved Feed
- Scab Resistance in Durum Wheat
- Crop Genetics to Battle Harsh Conditions
- Texas Center Aims for Drought Tolerant Melons
- Hidden Link in DNA of Plant
- Variety Market Development: A Bt Cotton Cropping Factor and Constraint in China
- Notice of License Application for Limited and Controlled Release of GM Wheat and Barley
- Indonesian Farmers Learn Biotech Crop Adoption in the Philippines
- York Scientist to Produce Biofuel from Orange Peel
- Adoption of GM Crops in Spain Reaches Record High
- Butterflies on Bt Corn Not at Risk in Nature
- DEFRA Approves Wheat Trial
- Swiss Consumers: Freedom of Choice and GM
- Scientists Develop Blight-resistant Potato using Ensifer-mediated Transformation
- Researchers Investigate Molecular Mechanisms of Duplicated Genes in Tobacco
- Improved Phosphate Uptake in Alfalfa Seeds by Overexpression of Genes from Medicago truncatula
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Blind Circadian Clock of Cavefish Enlightens Scientists
- Online Gamers Help UW Researchers Solve AIDS Mystery
- 'Gloomy' Gene May Make People More Positive
- Feeds: Genetically Modified
- Philippine Agribiotechnology Annual Report
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (March 22, 2023)
- Genome Editing Supplement (March 22, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: