For those of us that are trying to help researchers understand and find a vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus, you can help them out by playing this video game.
The puzzle game, “Foldit” tasks players with folding protein chains to change the way they behave. The game was invented by developers at the University of Washington in the year 2008 to obtain a potential cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s and HIV/AIDS.
Just this week, a new coronavirus puzzle was added to the game. Players will have to create and modify proteins that would be able to bind to one the coronavirus “spike proteins” that would prevent the virus from infecting human cells and replicating.
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Although it’s a bit more complex, Foldit is very simple to play. You can also forget about all the medical and scientific jargon and just play for the purpose of gaining point by moving structures around.
All the game requires you to do is click a section of the protein and drag it to change its shape and match whatever the puzzle’s goal is.
Foldit awards the player points based on efficiency and effectiveness and tracks their results with an in-game scoreboard.
The University of Washington says that the Coronavirus puzzle could be a possible real-word vaccine for the COVID-29.
PC gamers should notes that Foldit players helped researchers decode the AIDS virus in 2011—something that vexed scientists for years.
Foldit is available for free on Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download it here.