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Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Fascinating and inspiring.

Next time someone tries to tell you that video games and gamers have no positivie contribution to society, point them in the direction of this article.

Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Basically, a video game was designed to try and unpick the complex folded structure of a specific protein. Computers aren’t very good at tweaking and prodding at complex 3D structures, but humans excel at it. Within a few weeks, the structure had been mapped – having been unsolvable for years.

This protein is important in understanding how HIV grows and spreads.

Great stuff.

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