Gamers will help to combat coronavirus: scientists have proposed a variant

Gamers have a another opportunity to prove that the fascination with video games can benefit society. The creators of the scientific puzzle Foldit from the University of Washington have added to the game task associated with a coronavirus. The best solution will be to check the scientists – perhaps the test results will soon invent a vaccine.

According to the developers of Foldit, the new puzzle is based on the model of one of the proteins on the surface of the coronavirus that scientists have made recently. It is this element allows COVID-19 to infect human cells.

What is the aim of gamers

The players proposed to develop proteins that could neutralize the virus and prevent its further spread in the body.

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What is known about Foldit? Scientists at the University of Washington released the game back in 2008. The main goal of the player in each puzzle – search three-dimensional structure of a protein with the lowest level of free energy. Users results analyzed on a supercomputer: if development looks promising, you test it in the laboratory.

What is important to know about the coronavirus Covid-19

This virus was recorded in China in late 2019. Subsequently, however, the virus has spread to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, the USA and several European countries. The most dangerous among the European countries was Italy (Northern regions). There disease is found in 2 036 people, and died from it 52 patients. On the territory of Ukraine until the only recorded case of infection with a dangerous virus from China, three more people can potentially be sick.

Covid‑19 became the seventh virus of this type, which can be infected person. According to the latest data from the virus died 3 129 people, just sick 92 156 people (as of the day on March 3, 2020). By the way, there is good news: for 48 166 people have recovered from coronavirus.

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