Foldit

Foldit

Knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively and collaboratively to fold the best proteins in 3D puzzle games. Foldit is developed by the Center for Game Science at University of Washington in collaboration with UW Department of Biochemistry.



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Articles

A week to tweet about Science and Games
#8 Players become Experts

From April 10th to April 15th, Citizen Science Games was hosting the @IamCitSci Twitter account. The whole week was dedicated to games and science. We storified the week in different episodes, in case you missed […]

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Computer gamers solve medical problems

As a core area of molecular biology, the study of protein structure is integral to elucidating pathological processes. Protein structure prediction has become one of the most important goals of pharmaceutical and biochemical industries. With […]

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Publications

Addressing Big Data Challenges in Neuroscience

Global neuroscience projects are producing big data at an unprecedented rate that informatic and artificial intelligence (AI) analytics simply cannot handle. Online games, like Foldit, Eterna, and Eyewire and now a new neuroscience game, Mozak—are fueling a people-powered research science (PPRS) revolution, […]

Motivation to Participate in an Online Citizen Science Game – A Study of Foldit

Online citizen science projects have the potential to engage thousands of participants with scientific research. A small number of projects such as Foldit use an online computer game format. Motivation to participate in Foldit was […]

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Interviews

Radio interview on Science Friday, Adam Gazzaley and Zoran Popovic

Radio interview on Science Friday, a weekly radio show and website covering science, technology and other cool stuff. For the game Neuroracer: Adam Gazzaley, an associate professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry at the University […]

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