A Free Game May Help Researchers Develop Cure Against COVID-19


Now you can also help scientists fight COVID-19. Foldit is a free crowdsourcing computer game in which players can design proteins that could potentially prevent SARS-COV-2 from infecting human cells. Researchers have been able to find and recognize the structure of a spike protein responsible for the dangerous ability on the surface of SARS-COV-2 and Foldit uses that as a model for players to try their hand against.

But something that works in a simulation does not mean it will work in the real world. However, according to the video below, the most likely designs will be brought into the real world. The University of Washington Institute for Protein Design will produce and test them in the hopes of being able to find an antiviral drug effective against SARS-COV-2.

You can head on over to Foldit right now and download the puzzle.

Via: Nerdist

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