Smart folders beat software
August 10th, 2010


You can add your wisdom to the mob of folders at Foldit, attracted by University of Wisconsin protein researchers. The story of the project is reported in today’s Science Times:

. . . The success of the Foldit players, the researchers report in the current issue of Nature, shows that nonscientists can collaborate to develop new strategies and algorithms that are distinct from traditional software solutions to the challenge of protein folding.

The researchers took pains to credit the volunteers who competed at Foldit in the last two years, listing “Foldit players” at the end of the report’s author list and noting that more than 57,000 players “contributed extensively through their feedback and gameplay.” . . .

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