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<font size="4" font face="verdana">20 September 2011</font>

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<p><b><font size="3"><font color="red">Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle</font></font></b> <br><small>Posted by

 

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And we begin. Distributed computing at it's finest. <br><br>"We wanted to see if human intuition could succeed where automated methods had failed," Firas Khatib of the university's biochemistry lab said in a press release. "The ingenuity of game players is a formidable force that, if properly directed, can be used to solve a wide range of scientific problems."<br><br>One of Foldit's creators, Seth Cooper, explained why gamers had succeeded where computers had failed.<br><br>"People have spatial reasoning skills, something computers are not yet good at," he said.<br><br>"Games provide a framework for bringing together the strengths of computers and humans. The results in this week's paper show that gaming, science and computation can be combined to make advances that were not possible before."<br><br><a href="http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-161920724.html">Head on over and check it out.</a> </p> </font></font>

 

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