Gamers Solve Protein Puzzle That Stumped Science

What has taken researchers more than a decade to chip away it, gamers solved in weeks.¬† ¬†Foldit players have solved the structure of a retroviral protease of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus; their solution and its validation appear in a paper published online in advance in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology this week. The University of Washington’s David Baker, the Foldit creator, tells Nature‘s News blog that “the M-PMV structure had stumped scientists for a very long time before Foldit players made their breakthrough, adding: “This is the first example I know of game players solving a long-standing scientific problem.”