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UW CSE alum Adrien Treuille in Chronicle of Higher Education

The work of UW CSE Ph.D. alum Adrien Treuille, now on the computer science faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, is described in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“A Web-based game that uses the brainpower of biology novices to understand molecules key to life and disease is producing working designs of those molecules …”

The game, EteRNA, is a derivative of Adrien’s UW Ph.D. work on Foldit, a Web-based game for protein folding and protein structure calculation, which originated this sort of “crowd-sourced science” and revealed the perhaps surprising fact that teenage gamers can beat the pants off of trained biochemists.

Read the article here.

August 25, 2011