Jason from Free Genes pointed me in the direction of this cool project called Fold It that just caught my eye. It’s a game but it’s a game with serious impact.
Based upon a similar concept of grid processing like the protein folding project (folding@home) or the search for ETs (SETI@home), this new approach makes the collective effort of players directly impact the processing.
It’s as if Fold It is an upgraded version of folding@home with the extra special new feature called: human interaction.
The “better” you fold your protein, the more points you achieve.
These conformations are registered by the software and then processed furthermore thus contributing to the overall effort of predicting protein folding and therefore solving puzzles for science!