Would you like to play a new computer game and help scientists analyze protein chemistry — at the same time? Here is a fun and interesting computer puzzle game that is designed to fold proteins — the objective is to correctly fold a protein into the smallest possible space. This game, Foldit, which University of Washington biochemist David Baker helped create, is being played by thousands of people around the world. Baker is using Foldit to help him analyze the structure of proteins, because humans are a lot smarter at this than supercomputers. The results from this game are helping Baker and other scientists learn how to design proteins to do particular jobs, from vaccinating against malaria to fighting cancer. Below the fold is a tutorial, audio report and a link to this really fun game [3:45]
Okay, are you ready to give it a try? There’s beta versions of linux, mac and PC versions of Foldit that you can download and play.