Gamers win at Science or something; AIDS proteins folded

Gamers have defeated Science, Science is still too stunned to tender a reply.

I wasn’t aware that folding protein was a thing. Apparently, Gamers have spatial reasoning that computer do not and by putting gamers to work doing… that thing, they have apparently cracked a protein in the AIDS (Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome) virus.

What does this mean? I’m… not really at all sure. But I’m told secondhand that this is apparently a pretty big deal. So groovy, right? Right.

Apparently, this “fold” has potentially phenomenal effects for both Cancer and AIDS treatment, thought I wouldn’t know how to explain that. Not even a little.

Joystiq has more on this THING.

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