Special update on coronavirus puzzles
In this special update we take a look at some of the best-scoring antiviral proteins designed so far by Foldit players. We then step into the laboratory to see what testing these molecules is actually going to look like. See the blog for more details!
Check out the newest Coronavirus Binder Design: Round 3 puzzle!
This video features Lexi Walls, Ph.D., who recently published important research on SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).(Thu, 03/12/2020 - 23:02 | 4 comments)
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)
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Foldit Lab Report #6: Coronavirus puzzle
Check out Foldit Lab Report #6 on YouTube now!
We've got a bunch of new puzzles this month — and some exciting tools coming soon!
• Looking at electron density in Foldit is about to get a whooole lot easier (0:31)
• With the new BUNS tool, your solutions should be better behaved in the lab (2:18)
• More poly-proline helix design (3:50)
• CRISPR/Cas transposase (4:02)
• Aflatoxin prediction (4:28)
• Coronavirus spike-binder design (5:20)
• Return of sketchbooks — this time symmetric (6:10)
You can still fill out the username sharing form to let us know you're okay with public recognition!(Sun, 03/01/2020 - 17:09 | 4 comments)