Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery That Baffled Researchers For Years

by Larry Emmott on September 22, 2011

in Diagnostics,Future Tech,Internet

The linked article is amazing.

In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years.

It does not appear to have a direct dental application; however, it is off beat enough to be interesting and provides a tantalizing look at the power of distributed computing. It is this same kind of power which will be used in the future to diagnose and treatment plan on a regular basis. Distributed computing will be used to solve all kinds of problems which simply cannot be addressed by even the most brilliant researcher working in a lab surrounded by a cadre of other brilliant researchers. The wisdom of crowds has never been harnessed in this way before.  More

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