Tuesday, September 20, 2011

VIDEO GAMES: Nerds: 1 Scientists: 0

AIDS sucks. Like big time. Obviously one of the biggest tasks in finding a cure for the AIDS virus is completely understanding it. A website exists called Fold.it which allows people to, in the form of a game, try to decipher the shape of a protein. It's all very scientific and wayyyyy beyond my level of knowledge. However, for a group of online gamers the task seemed simple enough. The site gives people three weeks to try and decode the shape of the virus and online gamers solved the mystery in 10 days! The amazing thing? This particular case has been stumping scientists for 15 years! Obviously this is just one small step in the long and difficult process of actually finding a cure for the disease but the fact that some online gamers have made such an impact in such a short amount of time is awesome. It's nice to see the word "gamer" in the headlines and have it not be followed by how addicted to games people are getting or how the most recent shooting was because the dude played Call of Duty for ten minutes.

A full version of the story on Yahoo HERE!
The best scientists in the world.

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