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Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists

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Gamers figure out the mysterious molecular structure of a monkey-virus enzyme using Foldit, a software program developed at the University of Washington. Msnbc.com’s Alan Boyle reports.
By Alan Boyle

Video-game players have solved a molecular puzzle that stumped scientists for years, and those scientists say the accomplishment could point the way to crowdsourced cures for AIDS and other diseases.

“This is one small piece of the puzzle in being able to help with AIDS,” Firas Khatib, a biochemist at the University of Washington, told me. Khatib is the lead author of a research paper on the project, published today by Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.