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Science Bulletins: Gamers Model AIDS-Related Protein

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Published on Nov 7, 2011

The structure of a protein controlling growth in the HIV virus eluded scientists for over a decade. Online gamers used Foldit, a competitive protein-modeling environment developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science, to successfully model the protein in only three weeks. In the latest Human News from the Museum's Science Bulletins program, learn how game players' manipulation of protein models can help scientists fight lethal viruses. View the story in AMNH's Hall of Human Origins until December 7, 2011 or online. For background information, educational resources, and more, visit Gamers Model AIDS-Related Protein on the Science Bulletins Web site at http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/.

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.

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