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Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail
September 19, 2011
Online gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for over a decade. This is the first instance that researchers are aware of in which gamers solved a long standing scientific problem. The discovery was achieved through Foldit, which allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting protein molecule structures.
University of Washington
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