Computer gamers crack protein-folding puzzle

时间:2017-09-05 03:01:09166网络整理admin

WHO says computer games are a waste of time? Players of the online game Foldit have managed to devise ways of folding proteins that had eluded both experts and protein analysis software. Foldit presents players with proteins whose amino acids they can manipulate to alter the protein’s shape. The goal is to find the lowest-energy configuration, which is the shape that the protein would naturally adopt (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature09304). The game, developed by Seth Cooper and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle,