Playing games is not just a way to kill time in between seasons. With this puzzle game, you can help find the cure for the Covid-19 epidemic.
When you are at home because of isolation or from home work, there are many ways for you to contribute to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. One of those ways is playing games. That's exactly the goal that the puzzle game Foldit wants to bring, calling for creativity from gamers to explore the protein structure that prevents the spread of corona virus.
Foldit players will have to create complex folds for the protein chain in order to get the highest score.(Photo: FC).
First launched in 2008, Foldit is a project developed by the University of Washington's Game Science Center. This game will require players to format the protein folds into the most sustainable structural shapes. Foldit once helped scientists successfully decode the structure of a protein of the AIDS virus in brown monkeys in 2011.
During the complicated Covid-2019 epidemic, Foldit launched a new version "1811: Coronavirus Binder Design: Round 3" with the goal of finding the right protein structure, preventing corona virus from recognizing and spreading. infecting human cells.
Protein structure of corona virus in the game.(Photo: Foldit).
"In this game, you have to change the design of the protein model to get the highest score with the most sustainable structure. This score is actually a complex calculation to find the hidden energy of the fold. The higher the score, the greater the ability to decode the corona virus, "said Brian Koepnick, a biochemist at Washington University.
Foldit developers say the solutions collected from the game will be thoroughly tested in the laboratory and met with serious evaluation by scientists. If you are in isolation or working from home, this will be an effective way that you can contribute to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.