(Booth Talk from SC20)
Revealing the three-dimensional shape of proteins is a critical challenge in biomedical research. Protein folding is a hard problem to solve computationally, but can the brainpower of game-playing humans address this challenge? Foldit is an interactive videogame to fold proteins, turning gamers into citizen scientists. Players have contributed to several scientific discoveries through gameplay, and are now attempting to design anti-viral and anti-inflammatories against COVID-19.