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Calling all Foldit Groups to CASP11!

The Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP) experiment is worldwide competition in protein structure prediction, designed to track the the progress of science in this field. CASP11 takes place this summer, and there are still two more weeks to register before the initial targets are released in May! As usual, Foldit will submit predictions drawn from the top solutions on CASP target puzzles, however we encourage all Foldit groups and individual players to submit their own predictions to CASP as independent teams. It's a great opportunity to see how your folding skills stack up against scientists and automated algorithms from around the world!

In 2012, the Foldit groups Anthropic Dreams, Contenders, and Void Crushers participated in CASP10. You can find some of those results highlighted in this blog post. If you're interested in participating in CASP11, send a message to bkoep and we'll help you get set up!

(Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:41  |  0 comments)

The CASP organizers have shaken things up a bit for the upcoming CASP11 experiment!

Expect fewer Free Modeling (De-novo) and Template-Based Modeling puzzles but many Predicted Contacts puzzles, along with the usual Refinement puzzles. CASP 11 submissions also have a new requirement for per-residue confidence values. Check out the new CASP11 blogpost for all the details!

(Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:52  |  0 comments)

Small Update

We'll be posting a small update to the game shortly that will address an issue with high power wiggle in the behavior menu.

(Wed, 04/02/2014 - 22:55  |  1 comment)

Foldit Science Café in San Diego

Hey everyone! I will be leading a Science Café about Foldit at the Southpaw Social Club, in San Diego, on April 28. The purpose of the event is to engage with the community in a casual, comfortable setting to talk about the exciting science of protein folding and the Foldit computer game. There will be a short presentation on the science behind Foldit, but the event is mostly dedicated to Q & A and open discussion with the audience.

We're very excited about this opportunity to share Foldit in such a personable format! This is also a great chance for any Foldit players in the San Diego area to come together and talk to a member of the Foldit team. Or come share your experience with others who are looking for a way to contribute to cutting-edge scientific research!

The event is free and registration is not required. You can find more information here.

( Posted by  bkoep 133 1102  |  Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:58  |  0 comments )

Foldy Protein

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of a new game, Foldy Protein! Foldy Protein drastically simplifies the process of protein structure prediction. By removing many of the complexities of the underlying protein model, we have distilled the core gameplay: navigating a molecule of Ubiquitin through a series of helices that block your path.

The one-tap gameplay is easy to learn but difficult to master! If you're having trouble, use the in-app purchases to power up.

Happy April Fool's Day!

(Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:52  |  5 comments)
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