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!