Community computing allows everyone to get involved in protein design from home.
To learn more about the power of people playing Foldit, watch this inspirational film “The Contenders”, a GE FocusForward short film by Lucy Walker. This video cartoon outlines how a team of online game Foldit players “helped the anti-AIDS drug quest” as reported in this Nature Structural and Molecular Biology Paper published in September 2011 by the Baker Laboratory. This Nova ScienceNow documentary tells the story about the community of Foldit players from high school students, to bakers, to organic farmers all over the world.
Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. Join this free online game and help scientists at the IPD predict the folds of unsolved proteins as well as design new proteins to cure diseases. Researchers are collecting data to find out if humans’ pattern-recognition and puzzle-solving abilities make them more efficient than existing computer programs at pattern-folding tasks. If this turns out to be true, the strategies employed by players can be taught to computers to improve protein design!
The IPD needs your help to predict the folds of unsolved proteins as well as design new proteins to cure diseases. By downloading Rosetta@home and running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don’t need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn’t possibly attempt without your help. Please join us in our efforts! Rosetta@home is not for profit.