wouldn't you love it if . . .

video gamers did something useful?

Well, they have and here’s the proof!


A group of video gamers have cracked the code on a monomeric protease enzyme that has baffled scientists for years. It’s an enzyme that helps build the AIDS virus, among others. Scientists have been trying to determine the structure of the enzyme in labs and with computer simulation programs for more than a decade.

So, how did they do it? By playing a game called Foldit, which was developed at the University of Washington in 2008. When the game players decided to divide into teams and tackle this enzyme, it took them just 3 weeks to solve it.

And you thought your kid would never do anything good with video games.

Rock on!


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