FoldIt! is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. The goal of this game is to do what we all do on a regular basis – model proteins. Based on the Rosetta Software, FoldIt gives a very intuitive and simple interface to protein folding. The more stable you fold the protein, the better is your score. It relies on the paradigm that computers may be good at doing many many simple calculations quickly, but there is no replacement for human intuition.
It has recieved much attention when it first aired, by top blogs and newspapers (Such as: Life Hacker,New-scientist,ABC news (SF),Nature Blog,The Economist, NY Times Freakonomics, and more) and is still gaining popularity. Not surprisingly many of the best players are not scientists
As so much has been written about this game, I will not go into its details, In one word: addictive! One of the nicer options of the game is that it enables groups to join efforts in solving the folding puzzles. It is with great pleasure I announce the foramtion of the “Macromolecular Modeling Blog” FoldIt group.
Think of a group of people who all specialize (or are at least interested.. ) in modeling. We will be an unstoppable power in the FoldIt domain. Polypeptides will yield to our commands, sheets will be torn, helices will bend. For fame and science, our group shall solve any fold!
Useful links: Download the game, FoldIt introductory video, Join the group!!!
Good luck to us.