Citizen Science Breakthroughs

For You

The Citizen Sort video games are designed with you in mind. The variety of games will suit your every interest and whim by mixing entertainment and science. This way, no one can say it’s a waste of time to be playing on your computer. Citizen Science is nothing new. People have been doing their part for science for decades. The first step is to find your interest-your niche. Whether it’s outer space or moths, channel your interests into scientific research and you never know where what the next step may be.

Fold.it

(C) Fold.it HowStuffWorks

Are you more skeptical that playing video games can lead to a new discovery? Well if the past has taught us anything it’s that anything is possible. “Fold.it attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins,” according to their website. “Since proteins are part of so many diseases, they can also be part of the cure. Players can design brand new proteins that could help prevent or treat important diseases.” This online game poses protein folding questions to users can solve the puzzles. A fun protein folding game mixed with the desire to crush your friends in a competitive throw down. So, the entertainment was there. The game was there. The citizen science was there. And where did it all go? To gamers providing crucial insight to a protein-sniping enzyme critical in the reproduction of the AIDS virus.

By playing the Citizen Sort games you may forever be remembered as the one that helped discover a whole new species. Now, whether they will name the new species of moth or fish after you, we don’t know. But, again, anything is possible.

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