Online Gamers Crack AIDS Enzyme Puzzle

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screen shot 2011 09 19 at 11 54 17 am Online Gamers Crack AIDS Enzyme Puzzle*Taken from Yahoo News.

Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

The exploit is published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where — exceptionally in scientific publishing — both gamers and researchers are honoured as co-authors.

Their target was a monomeric protease enzyme, a cutting agent in the complex molecular tailoring of retroviruses, a family that includes HIV.

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