Origami News &
Views October 2010
Fold a Cure
by Barbara Boxster
recent discussion on my local public radio station grabbed my attention
when the guest speaker—a scientist from the University of
Washington-Seattle, described a website named Foldit.
As stated on the site, "Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game
enabling you to contribute to
important scientific research."
By playing the game, which is free, you could potentially
contribute to cures for such diseases as AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer's.
|What you fold on
Foldit are representations of proteins, "the workhorses in every cell
of every living thing."
The proteins don't look much like origami, but the game might appeal to
the same parts of your brain that are drawn to origami: the
of learning something new, solving puzzles, analyzing spatial
relationships, and so forth.
courtesy of http://fold.it
The site includes a link to a wiki with helpful information for
Check it out! Click
here to go to the Foldit site.
Click here for another article about Foldit.
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