So , I can’t actually say that the time I spend playing Farmville is productive. And if you play WoW, I’m guessing you might come up with some rationalizations, but it is not the most useful thing you have ever done with your time. However,some on line gamers made ‘an accurate model of the enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.’
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This is where Foldit comes in.
Developed in 2008 by the University of Washington, it is a fun-for-purpose video game in which gamers, divided into competing groups, compete to unfold chains of amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — using a set of online tools.
To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.
knowing this information is going to help develop more drugs .
Here is a link to an article.