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Press Release 11-197

On-line Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail, Opening Door to New AIDS Drug Design

Molecular structure of retrovirus enzyme solved through "Foldit"

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Screenshot of the unsolved monkey virus protein Foldit puzzle.

The "unsolved monkey virus protein" Foldit puzzle, highlighting the tool used by online gamers.

Credit: University of Washington


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Screenshot of showing parts of protein structure that can be moved around by Foldit players.

Foldit players have control over which parts of proteins they'd like to move around.

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Screen shot of a Foldit introductory level tutorial for hydrogen-bonding.

A Foldit introductory level tutorial for hydrogen-bonding; the player needs to move strands.

Credit: University of Washington


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Screenshot of an active Foldit puzzle where leaderboard shows top score of each player/team.

A screenshot of an active Foldit puzzle. The leaderboard shows the top score of each player/team.

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Screenshot showing how protein structure is reshaped by Foldit players.

Foldit players use a variety of tools to interactively reshape various regions of proteins.

Credit: University of Washington


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Screenshot showing empty space, large red void, in a protein's center.

Foldit "freezing:" a large red void in a protein's center shows empty space.

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