Foldit – Play A Video Game, Contribute To Medical Science

A new game, named Foldit, turns protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes – key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer’s to vaccines.

After about 20 minutes of training, people feel like they’re playing a video game but are actually mouse-clicking in the name of medical science.