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They seek a cure for the coronavirus with the help of a collaborative video game

They seek a cure for the coronavirus with the help of a collaborative video game


Foldit is a game for PC, Mac, and Linux that uses puzzle mode to assist scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle in their search for an antiviral to fight the coronavirus

The University of Washington in Seattle presented an original project to combat the crisis caused by the
        
        
coronavirus

        

 :

with a video game

. Without a vaccine in sight and with a lot of work against the clock with various preventive measures, the search for a cure by the

covid-19

is approached by

Foldit

, a game that proposes the way to analyze the behavior of the virus and its structure to identify the appropriate methods to block the entrance to the cells.

Foldit

 is a
        
        
videogame

        

 puzzle type, free and non-profit, available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The premise is based on the folding of the proteins, a key element in the functioning of the functions of the human body, but it is also a key factor for the development of diseases, and in this case the focus is on the

coronavirus

covid-19. For this task, the game developers and researchers propose a series of rules so that players

interact with proteins virtually

 and, in this way, generate possible designs and schemes to create the antiviral drug capable of blocking the interaction of the coronavirus with human cells.

Official video of Foldit (in English)