Gamers Beat Scientists To Solve Complicated Molecular Puzzle
Using an online gaming platform, team of gamers have managed to solve a molecular puzzle that could lead to a cure for AIDS.
A group of gamers have solved a molecular puzzle that could point scientists in the right direction in finding a cure for AIDS. The puzzle that has scientists baffled for decades was solved within just 10 days by gamers playing Foldit.
Foldit is a collaborative online gaming platform where gamers can solve real-life Science problems to receive points. Firas Khatib and his team of scientists at the University of Washington, uploaded the AIDS-like virus problem on Foldit and invited gamers to solve it. They had no idea that the problem could be solved, let alone in such a short amount of time. Players from the Contenders group worked as a tag team to come up with a solution to form a low-energy model for the AIDS-like virus enzyme.