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By playing a game called Foldit, where players (often with no scientific background) try to fold protein structures into their likely structures, players have unlocked a key structure in the fight against HIV.
By simply tweaking a chain of amino acids over and over until they get it to fold into a realistic, stable structure, these gamers were able to deduce the 3-D structure of a key protein in Mason-Pfizer monkey virus, a relative of HIV. Now that we know the structure, drugs may be designed to attack this key protein.
So next time someone tells you to stop playing that game, open up Foldit and tell them you’re doing science!
(via Discover Magazine)
RIP: Amy Winehouse, the English singer-songwriter known as much for her music as her ongoing struggles with substance abuse, was found dead today in her North London home. She was 27.
According to a police report, Winehouse was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances of her death are “being treated as unexplained.”
Dust to dust, back to black. RIP.
Sources stated her biggest hit was her last one.
Rest in Peace.
An Arab sheikh has had his first name carved into the sand of the island he owns in letters so large they can be seem from space. Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan (the articles are calling him Al Ahyan, but that’s incorrect) is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. The letters are half a mile high. It’s interesting, though, that he chose “HAMAD” instead of “حمد.”