The rundown on coronavirus

You don't have to be a scientist to do science! Download and play Foldit and you can help researchers discover new antiviral drugs that might stop coronavirus! The most promising solutions will be manufactured and tested at the University of Washington Institute for Protein Design in Seattle.

Foldit is run by academic research scientists. It is free to play and not-for-profit. To get started, download Foldit and create a username!

We recommend that new players start with the Foldit Intro Puzzles.
After some practice, move on to the Science Puzzles and try out the Beginner: Coronavirus puzzle.
We also have an advanced puzzle NEW advanced puzzle where you can try to design an antiviral protein from scratch!

To meet other players, check out the Foldit Discord channels.

Note: Foldit is an interactive computer game and not a distributed computing project. If you would like to donate idle CPU cycles to science, please check out the Rosetta@Home project on BOINC.

(Wed, 03/04/2020 - 05:46  |  9 comments)

A Reminder of the Community Rules

Hello all! Hope you are enjoying this fine Tuesday. I wanted to take a brief moment to remind everyone about the Foldit Community Rules. As part of the community, everyone is expected to adhere to these rules at all times, so it is important all are aware of what is expected. Here are the highlights:

  • Keep the conversation PG-rated, since there is a wide range of ages in the community. Anything deemed offensive or obscene will not be tolerated.
(Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:30  |  1 comment)

Blog 5

Hey folks! New blog post up today--How to Foldit, Part 5: Seeing the Problem. This section explores a lot of the visualization pieces of Foldit with some really helpful tips! Check it out here!

(Tue, 01/26/2021 - 02:55  |  0 comments)

New Release!

Hey everyone,

We've just released an update with some bug fixes and some potentially big performance boosts!

Bug Fixes:
* Fixed some general performance issues, especially for things like mass-banding operations
* Fixed a bug where bands and segments selected via Lua functions did not display properly
* Modified the color of segments selected with the dialog.SelectSegments function so that selections are more clear against any color scheme
* Fixed various bugs related to text selection
* Fixed a crash related to the blueprint panel

(Thu, 01/21/2021 - 23:43  |  0 comments)

2020 Snowflake Challenge Results

Hey folders,

Check out our latest blog post on the results of the 2020 Snowflake Challenge! Hope you all had as much fun with these as we did!

Until next time, happy folding!

(Tue, 01/19/2021 - 18:25  |  0 comments)

News!

Hey everyone! Just a few pieces of news from this week:

(Fri, 01/15/2021 - 03:40  |  0 comments)

How to Foldit, Part 2: An Eye for Beauty

Hey everyone! Be sure to check out our latest blog post here! Just a reminder, we'll be posting a new blog post in our forum every Monday! Happy folding!

(Fri, 01/08/2021 - 01:48  |  2 comments)

Developer Preview Release Soon

Hey everyone,

We're about to release an update to the developer preview with the following fixes, and some potentially big performance boosts!

Bug Fixes:
* Fixed some general performance issues, especially for things like mass-banding operations
* Fixed a bug where bands and segments selected via Lua functions did not display properly
* Modified the color of segments selected with the dialog.SelectSegments function so that selections are more clear against any color scheme
* Fixed various bugs related to text selection

(Thu, 01/07/2021 - 23:20  |  1 comment)

New Release!

Hey everyone,

We've just released an update with the following fixes and changes:

General:
* Page Up and Page Down keys can now be used to zoom the camera in and out.

Metrics:
* The ContactMS metric should no longer cause hangs in certain situations.
* The undo graph and 'bests' should now factor in metric scores.

Bug Fixes:
* Fixes for the tab key residue info window.
* Fixed a bug preventing puzzle names from being clickable.
* Fixed a bug where pressing undo (Ctrl+Z) on a recipe would delete all text.

(Mon, 01/04/2021 - 19:01  |  0 comments)

Lab Report #16: DeepMind and Beyond

This month we reflect on the exciting AlphaFold2 breakthrough by DeepMind. We've also got new coronavirus puzzles just in time for the new year. Watch our latest lab report on YouTube now.

NEWS
- AlphaFold2 and protein structure prediction

PUZZLE UPDATES
- MERS-CoV binder design
- Two-sided interface design
- More designable linker puzzles

DESIGN OF THE MONTH

(Fri, 01/01/2021 - 12:57  |  0 comments)
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