Foldit

Feature

Friday, March 20, 2009

Biochemist David Baker helped create a computer game called "Foldit" that thousands are playing around the world. But it's not about commercial success. Baker wants to analyze the structure of proteins, and it turns out that humans are a lot smarter at this than supercomputers. The game? It's an incentive. As Studio 360's Sarah Lilley discovered, it's a lot more fun than it sounds.

Contributors:

Sarah Lilley

Comments [7]

Carlos Crosby

Not That Bad, Just Not Intresting

Oct. 06 2011 10:41 AM
Carlos Crosby

DUMB AS HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Oct. 04 2011 10:36 AM
steve from Seattle

Way to go Fold It players!

9-19-2011 Online players of the Foldit application managed to unravel a complicated HIV-like enzyme that scientists have puzzled over for a decade. They figured it out in three weeks flat, too.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/09/19/foldit-users-solve-baffling-problem.aspx

Sep. 19 2011 04:34 PM
SabZ

From the broadcast I got that proteins are made up from a bunch of amino acids that try and tighten and get as close as they can to one another and always fold up to the lowest energy state.Just like our textbook states,proteins are the basis for cellular functions and processes of life, just like a remote needs batteries to work our cells need proteins to carry out their daily functions.

Oct. 05 2010 04:25 PM
Raija Kaivola from N.Y.C.

Thank you David Baker and Studio 360 ! Yes,the Shape, and how it is affected by everything around it. The Indian Ragas...The healers, the shamans new it all along...Hope your fine work awakens us to hear again, how connected and sensitive all life really is !

Mar. 24 2009 09:59 PM
mjbarr from murfreesboro, tn

This was one very fascinating piece.
How many problems could be possibly solved if they were presented as a game?

Mar. 23 2009 02:11 PM
Renton Innes from New Zealand

Kia Ora,

Thanks for letting people know about folding protein.

I've spoken to some realy neat and exciting people who came and tried out the game at www.fold.it after hearing your show.

Respectfully,

Renton
aka - Player "Aotearoa."
Team - Richard Dawkins Foundation

Mar. 23 2009 06:17 AM

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