Crowdsourced research reaches a new high

Crowdsourced research reaches a new high || “U.S. Gamers Crack Puzzle in AIDS Research that Stumped Scientists for Years”

Looking to solve an age-old problem that had been hampering AIDS drug research for over a decade, scientists at the University of Washington turned to a three-dimensional spatial modeling “game” called Foldit.  The program had been created by the school a few years prior and only three weeks after opening up to the public, gamers had deciphered the structure of a retrovirus protein that could unlock the doors to new medicines.

Now that’s an impressive use of crowdsourcing.  Beat that Mechanical Turk.

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