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UW CSE’s Center for Game Science and University of Michigan announce new protein folding challenge

Foldit imageUW CSE’s Center for Game Science has invited players of its popular protein folding game, Foldit, to engage in a little friendly competition with students at the University of Michigan.

After crystallographers in Michigan’s Bardwell Lab solved the structure of a protein, they put off publishing the results in order to give a class of undergraduate biochemistry students a chance to do the same. Knowing the Foldit community loves a good challenge, the Bardwell Lab invited our players to try their hand at the puzzle, as well.

Foldit players and the Michigan students have until November 19th to solve the Electron Density Challenge and earn bragging rights. Who knows – they could outperform the crystallographers themselves!

Learn more here, and check out the puzzle here. Happy folding!

October 26, 2015