Up with this kind of thing!
A bunch of gamers have untangled the structure of a key protein in the virus that causes AIDS, a mystery that has left scientists stumped for decades. It took just three weeks for players of online game Foldit to predict an accurate model for the protein – a type of enzyme called a retroviral protease that has a critical role …
...I'm not sure I understand. This article didn't mention twitter being involved in a socially beneficial event, and I know that's not possible. And what are these gamers? There isn't even a hashtag. You need to make your articles more understandable.
This needs to be on Steam right now.
An article that doesnt paint gamers as being do'ers of evil, and mass murderers in hiding....about bloody time.
nice job on the foldit team to actually create a piece of "entertainment" that harnesses the collective power of gamers worlwide for the good of mankind.
Its a small step, but enough to start the gamer naysayers to re-consider their thoughts that its a "waste of time"
Gamers 1 - 1 Society
...is helping to cure AIDS - God's way of destroying prostitutes, homosexuals and drug addicts.
Gamers are truly despicable.
Why downvote a troll, with an obvious troll icon?
What's worrying is that there are actually people that really, genuinely think like that...
Because it wasn't clever or amusing in any way. If you're going to troll, at least be interesting.
This is a perfect example of why technology is awesome.
This is a perfect example of why gamers are awesome.
Now there is a game worth playing! Excellent manners to give the gamers full credit.
Bit like a multiplayer version of Where's Wally (that's "Waldo" for our American chums).
Also, Paris because she's a PROtease, geddit?! Not sure if she's retroviral, however...
The El Reg effect has struck again - fold.it website down.
And to think, my mother tried to tell me growing up that video games were a waste of time. Kudos to the completely awesome brains behind and in Foldit. I'll be looking that game up now.
..I'm not playing brain melting, time wasting games in my room! I'm busy saving the world!
I'll just leave this here....
...then I'd better get a hell of a lot of XP for that.
You automatically unlock the Boffin Pro perk, and Labcoat cammo.
How about a game to discover ways to build an affordable, workable nuclear fusion plant, within the next 5 years?
I wonder: Did the guy who finally solved the last piece of the puzzle get a message saying, "A WINNER IS YOU"?
....help make motorway food edible.
Yay for science!
...after all most of us now know how to kill a mutant zombie hoard or an invading alien species, this is just another one to add to the list.
Nice to hear some pro-gamer stories.
It's based on code from rosetta as used in rosetta@home which can always use more cpus: http://boinc.bakerlab.org/
"Nice move, gamer."
All I can say is... Cooooool!
We busted a protein & killed an enzyme and we saw Paris and went for a ProTease!
I got non-lubricated condoms, no one likes sticky balloons.