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.