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Gamers Create Scientific 'recipes'

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Protein visualization

Foldit players learn to resolve structural conflicts in a protein molecule due to amino acid size (indicated by spiky red balls in this game visualization).

Credit: UW Center for Game Science / Baker Lab

Researchers say that players of a protein-folding game called Foldit are coming up with molecular "recipes" that rival their own complex algorithms. One of the recipes—a computerized tool called "Blue Fuse," which checks whether a protein molecule is in its highest-scoring configuration—knocked Foldit's creators for a loop.

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