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Author Topic: Gamers Needed for Science  (Read 2265 times)

Luigison

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« on: September 25, 2011, 08:25:26 PM »
The University of Washington game called FOLDIT is a sort of “Tetris on steroids,” but the puzzles solved by gamers may help researchers discover and develop new medications.  A recent discovery by games may lead to a cure for AIDS.  Don't waste your time gaming; Game for Science!

Source:  http://fold.it/portal/
Solve Puzzles for Science:  http://fold.it/portal/node/988864
The Science:  http://fold.it/portal/info/science
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ShadowBrain

  • Ridiculously relevant
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 02:01:32 PM »
Well, seeing as I'll be attending in a few days, I might as well look into it.
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

Luigison

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011, 06:18:41 PM »
Has anyone else "played" protein folding?  In years past I used it as part of my curriculum in biochemistry, but now that I'm teaching straight chemistry honors I don't think I can justify it for a classroom activity.  Regardless I may still be able to use it as an after state testing or homework activity under an extension objective.  Still, I fold.it for fun from time to time.  I also search for galaxies and disease cures for fun so I'm probably not your typical gamer anyway.  Anyone else?   
“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know."

Luigison

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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 05:08:05 PM »
On a similar note I just came across http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Domain_organization_of_PKS_of_Rapamycin_and_biosynthetic_intermediates.gif and instantly pictured a 2D Metroid like game. 

Back on topic:  Would anyone here be interested in a protein folding game/contest on the Fungi Forums or be willing to offer some prizes? 

And related: Does anyone else here use BOINC? 
“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know."

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