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#1 hobglobin


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:26 AM

For all the gambling addicts, protein scientists and people who have sufficient time and like it to play, but also like it to help scientists dealing with protein folding issues:


FoldIt is a game in which humans try to solve one of the hardest computational problems in biology: protein folding. You don't need to know anything about biology to play the game, although a little background will help. Download the software, install it and play.
The application displays a graphical representation of the protein's structure which the user is able to manipulate with a set of tools.
As the structure is modified, a "score" is calculated based on how well-folded the protein is, and a list of high scores for each puzzle is maintained. Foldit users may create and join groups, and share puzzle solutions with each other; a separate list of group high scores is maintained.

Example image of the game interface:

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Edited by hobglobin, 30 January 2011 - 05:53 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:26 AM

looks good!
thnx for sharing hobglobin, w'll try it for sure! ;)

#3 Adrian K

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:41 AM

Maybe I'm not good in protein folding stuff.... the game was damn hard for me!
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#4 Ameya P

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:00 PM

I had installed this like a month ago, after following a suggestion from the forum here...

I think there are 21 starter puzzles.... and then you reach the regular game....

Never made it past the 11 th puzzle... probably my spatial abilities are not as good as i think

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