A puzzle game developed by researchers from the University of Washington may be a way for ordinary people to contribute to the fight against a new outbreak of pneumonia. The experimental protein folding game, called “Foldit,” uses the brain’s innate three-dimensional graphical matching capability, allowing players to assemble proteins freely and freely with a variety of amino acids, eventually piecing together the complete structure of the target protein.
The researchers hope to improve the algorithms used by existing protein folding software by allowing users to manipulate simple protein-like structures.
In response to this new coronary pneumonia virus, the researchers also launched the 1805b version of “Coronavirus Spike Protein Binder Design”.
From the operation of the game, players can manipulate the protein chain, or change into different shapes. The ultimate hope is to learn how to block the virus spike protein by trying to fold the new coronavirus. This means that once the player solves these “puzzles” will help scientists learn more about the new coronary pneumonia virus.
It’s worth noting that Foldit and its players helped scientists decode an HIV-related protein structure that is said to have troubled scientists for 15 years in 2011.