Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

Their target was a monomeric protease enzyme, a cutting agent in the complex molecular tailoring of retroviruses, a family that includes HIV.
Figuring out the structure of proteins is vital for understanding the causes of many diseases and developing drugs to block them.

To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.
Cracking the enzyme "provides new insights for the design of antiretroviral drugs," says the study, referring to the lifeline medication against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
It is believed to be the first time that gamers have resolved a long-standing scientific problem.

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SKUD4153d ago

I really hope that this is a step in the right direction. Its a terrible virus.

Speed-Racer4153d ago (Edited 4153d ago )

I've got 99 problems but AIDS ain't one.

*referring to potential cure for it btw*

Lord_Sloth4153d ago

Self saves lives!

Guitardr854153d ago

Better hope you never get a tainted blood transfusion then...btw it still happens...

Lord_Sloth4153d ago

I don't actually and I'm aware that it still happens, otherwise the virus wouldn't exist.

Simply put though, it is a mostly avoidable disease simply by being cautious.

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