Win. Found it on Facebook. Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days Published on Tue, Sep 20, 201. 1 by Tibi F' filled in: Anatomy, Biology, Health & Medi
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Win. Found it on Facebook. Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days Published on Tue, Sep 20, 201. 1 by Tibi F' filled in: Anatomy, Biology, Health & Medi

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Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten
Published on Tue, Sep 20, 201. 1 by Tibi F' filled in: Anatomy, Biology, Health & Medicine, Studies
Scientists from University of Washington have been struggling for the past decade to
decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that exhibits behavior, and which
might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Folded
have managed to determine the enzymes structure in ten days.
Puzzled by the intricate structure of the retroviral protein, an enzyme that plays a key
role in the development of a virus similar to HIV, scientists have striken to find its chemical
key for ten years now. Each enzyme has millions of possible combination in which it can fold
its atom bonds, and determining its precise structure is a very laborious enterprise EVEN for
highland computers with large processing power.
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User avatar #76 - vampyrate (10/18/2013) [-]
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Here's the link to the original article, since apparently people think it's fake because I said I found the article on Facebook.
#1 - thedeathaudition (10/17/2013) [+] (16 replies)
People tend to forget that the gamer's are the ones who are in college and doing work like this anyway. If people had more Faith in Gamer's logic then maybe they would be more willing to help.

Except Cod players they'd just call everyone faggot campers
User avatar #41 - numbertwozeldafan ONLINE (10/17/2013) [+] (5 replies)
After 25 years of Zelda puzzles, the mystery of AIDS is nothing...
User avatar #17 - annand (10/17/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I think scientists and researchers should release the formulas and puzzles they are having trouble with (as long as it cannot result in harm) to the public because the chances of it being solved are greatly increased. Just my opinion though.
#64 - gearshift (10/18/2013) [+] (14 replies)
Games increase reaction time, strategical and critical thinking abilities and decrease the amount if hesitation felt in critical situations. Online games train gamers in communication and proper verbal abuse etiquette, as well as teamwork and using resources efficiently.

Good gamers breed sportsmanship and create an environment for proper socialising. Gaming can bring increased creativity as a story is embedded in the gamer's mind.

Gaming also allows the venting of anger and frustration, and often teaches the consequences of making mistakes. Many games also teach the player to manage their inventory and funds carefully, and create strategies based on thier characters abilities.

In theory, gaming should also increase confidence and charisma, but we all know this doesn't happen.

Gaming can also spark an interest and make the gamer taken up hobbies, such as soccer, recreational firearms discharging or mugging.

Finally, games and gaming effectively dull the effects of depression and many other mental illnesses.

TLR: pancakes taste like garbage juice and pizza was first discovered on the third moon of Saturn.
#49 - devildogpratt (10/18/2013) [+] (1 reply)
#11 - willshire (10/17/2013) [+] (7 replies)

Anyone get the reference?
User avatar #37 - wiredguy (10/17/2013) [+] (6 replies)
This is extremely exaggerated.

I actually had this program, it was great and I spent a load of time working on lots of proteins, including the one mentioned here which was at the top of the featured list.

It was up there and uncomplete for far longer than ten days.
Plus it isn't as significant as they're making it sound.

Though it is definitely awesome and very impressive. Somewhat of a milestone in the new age of scientific research.
The whole new fad of putting in-silica (computerised) scientific work up onto the net for everyone interested at home to chip in for is ingenious, and has proved to work pretty well so far.
User avatar #32 - AvatarAirBender (10/17/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Is "striven" a word?

Wouldn't you just say, ".. Scientists have strived to find its chemical..."

#54 - fefe (10/18/2013) [+] (3 replies)
OMG I've heard this like a dozen times. People act like a group of gamers with no formal education got together and used their superhuman problem solving skills gained from decades of playing video games to crack a problem that's baffled PhD's. When what really happened was a bunch of scientists looked at a problem and said "Yeah we could probably take a year designing a sophisticated algorithm then run it on a really expensive computer, or we could just get a bunch of lazy gamers to do it for free since they don't have anything better to do anyway."
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#92 - topazxwolfify (10/18/2013) [+] (2 replies)
When people say gamers aren't being productive...
Seriously :l I mean, what is "being productive."
As far as I know, we are all going to die, at least I'm going to enjoy my life and spent plenty of time doing what I love (gaming) as long as you're not struggling through and hating life or making life hard on others WHO CARES?!
User avatar #96 to #92 - Sethorein ONLINE (10/18/2013) [-]
Gaming = consumption of media. Now I know people who pull several hour gaming marathons.

Now Imagine if someone watches TV for 6 hours a day several days a week. Wouldn't you find that odd? Granted TV is far more passive than gaming, but they're both still consumption of media. You're not producing anything while you're doing it.

How could you be productive? Volunteering. Studying to achieve greater roles in society so you can do more to better society. Engaging in social interactions to help both yourself and other people develop and broaden your knowledge of the universe. Literally anything other than sit on your butt and consume media.

Everything is fine in moderation, but you need to get that if someone thinks you're gaming too much it's akin to someone thinking you watch too much TV.
#6 - brainstormer (10/17/2013) [+] (2 replies)
More info on topic? Just curious.
More info on topic? Just curious.
User avatar #13 to #6 - carbohydrates (10/17/2013) [-]
The game is called foldit, you fold dna of different things to figure out how they attach and what shapes they are capable of folding in
Kind of a vague description, but that's about it, attaching strands to each other, folding them so different receptors interact, don't break the strands while folding it.
What the gamers figured out is how the HIV strand the scientists were looking at for years, folds and interacts, in less than two weeks. Since they now knew what the HIV strand could latch onto and interact with it was much easier to develop something to fight against it.
I'm undoubtedly missing some information, but that is about all I gathered by playing the game myself.
#104 - FatherPedobear (10/18/2013) [-]
Aids. It can get even the best of us.
User avatar #73 - wobblewub ONLINE (10/18/2013) [+] (3 replies)
So... does this mean HIV is cured or has a chance of being cured soon?

Sorry if someone explained in the comments, too lazy to read.
#83 to #78 - wobblewub ONLINE (10/18/2013) [-]
#19 - infinitereaper (10/17/2013) [+] (5 replies)
Do you even puzzle?

please someone get this
#8 - timerce (10/17/2013) [-]
heres the source for this. it happened in 2011
User avatar #55 - gtocforyou (10/18/2013) [-]
Something similar to this: You need to login to view this link . This link is about mapping the brain though.
#52 - loliday (10/18/2013) [-]
I wonder what the DLC is like.
User avatar #48 - hentaisweetie (10/18/2013) [-]
Who says games are bad for you?
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