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Has anyone seen the alerts on Chikungunya Virus?

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cdc-issues-warning-about-painful-virus-mosquitoes-2D11765769
CDC issued a warning. No vaccine, no treatment. Patients are wracked with pain for days on end.
I don't know how to go about this, but would there be some way to contact researchers to get Chikungunya in our queue? This seems like a good one to get sequenced.

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Yes, definitely. I'd contact

Yes, definitely. I'd contact KatFish our BK. Not sure if BetaHelix is available.

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Great idea

Really interesting article, andrewxc. Definitely something we can look into.

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Good target

A number of the proteins in this virus have structures that have been solved by x-ray crystallography (including the envelope glycoprotein responsible for getting the virus into host cells). There are also low-resolution cryo-EM models of the whole virus. That's not to say that there's nothing left for Foldit players, mind you. On the contrary, given the structural information available, this could be a good target for which we could try to design a protein binder to block viral infectivity.

We'll keep this one in mind for a future puzzle. Thank you for suggesting it!

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Nature Article

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7324/full/nature09555.html

Sorry for the Res. Found a crystallography scan in Nature. Not sure if you guys would want it, or if a player could make a side-contest for a binder...
See inset figures.

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Now what?

It seems like a binder would be what professionals would be trying. I got a ton of information from a friend. Now what do I do? How do I create a puzzle? I was linked to Rosetta from the "how do I create my own puzzle?" topic; I'm just curious where to go from here (my guess is that I shouldn't start stalking the author of the articles until I know what I want from him...).

Protein templates: http://www.proteinmodelportal.org/?pid=modelDetail&provider=MODBASE&template=3trkA&pmpuid=1000138234226&range_from=1&range_to=&ref_ac=3GPG&mapped_ac=Q8JUX6&zid=async

Previous Nature link has structures.

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Well, there's the academic

Well, there's the academic standalone: tinyurl.com/academic-foldit

It's a Rosetta addon. From that, if you want an actual puzzle, whoever's doing the research would have to contact the devs to get one up, far as I know.

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Yes

I have that, but it's unpacked in my FoldIt folder and I don't know what to do with it... Or do I need to download Rosetta? Sorry, I'm unfamiliar with anything other than FoldIt... :(

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It sounds like it's a Rosetta

It sounds like it's a Rosetta extension, so yes, you would have to license Rosetta (to my limited knowledge).

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I might EMail Seth via the

I might EMail Seth via the address on that page, as he's lisetd for technical help.

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