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Video Gamers Contributed To Breakthrough Research For What Illness?

Breast Cancer
Multiple Sclerosis
Diabetes
AIDS

Answer: AIDS

In 2008 scientists at the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science and Department of Biochemistry entered into a collaboration to create a game where players would contribute to research projects. The end result of their collaboration was the popular game Foldit; players play the game by solving protein model puzzles. From the perspective of the player the game is just a quirky and fun puzzle app, but from the perspective of the scientists analyzing the results it’s an incredibly efficient way to crowd source complex protein folding projects.

An excellent example of Foldit’s power for quickly solving complex problems is that of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus retroviral protease. In 2011 Foldit posted the protease problem as a puzzle on the site for a three week window. Players were able to collaboratively produce an accurate model of the enzyme in just ten days–successfully modeling the enzyme had stumped scientists since its discovery fifteen years earlier. The 3D model created by Foldit players was published in the science journal Nature and went on to be used in the computer modeling of antiretroviral drugs.

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The Communicator Used By Obi-Wan Kenobi In The Phantom Menace Is Actually A?

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What Was The Easter Egg Inside Microsoft Excel 95?

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The Precursor To The Bright Yellow On-Screen “First Down” Line In Football Was A Tracker Used In?

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What Popular Computer Game Was Secretly Intended To Increase Mouse Proficiency?

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A Keyboard Shortcut Designed To Hide Your Current Activity Is Known As What?

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Which Video Game Company Got Their Start Manufacturing Playing Cards?

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An Entanglement Of Rats Is Called A?

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The Densest Naturally Occurring Element Is?

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The First Nuclear Powered Merchant Ship Was The?

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The Humble Second Derives Its Name From What Source?