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“A group at the University of Washington developed a clever new way to get the public’s help with the massive computing challenge of researching cures for conditions such as HIV and Alzheimer’s.
“They created a free, downloadable video game called FoldIt! that ‘turns protein folding into a competitive sport.’
“I was skeptical, too, but after I downloaded it and played for awhile, it became addictive. The game draws out any latent obsessive-compulsive disorder you may have, encouraging you to wiggle, shake and pull 3D proteins to ‘fix’ their shapes.”