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Foldit players use a variety of tools to interactively reshape proteins. In this picture, a player uses rubber bands to pull together two sheets, long flat regions of the protein.
Foldit players have control over which parts of the protein they want to move. In this picture, a player has frozen some curly helices, which keeps them in place while they adjust the rest of the protein.
A Foldit introductory level introduces freezing. A large red void in the center of the protein shows empty space to be filled.
A Foldit introductory level introducing hydrogen bonding. The bottom part of the protein is already held together by four hydrogen bonds, and the player needs to move the top part down to create more.
A sequence of images of playing an introductory level using freeze.
A sequence of images of playing an introductory level with the rebuild tool. A loop is rebuilt.
A sequence of images of playing an introductory level with rubber bands. Hydrogen bonds are created with the two sheets.
A sequence of images of playing an introductory level with the tweak tool. The helix is rotated.
A protein displayed in Foldit. The protien folds up into curly helices and flat sheets. Blue hydrogen bonds and spiky red clashes float around the protein, giving the player information about how the protien has folded.
A Foldit introductory level protein, introducing protein design. The player can change the structure of the orange sidechains. By making them smaller, the spiky red clashes can be fixed.