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We Knew Protein Folding Was All a Game

Ricardo Vidal has a blog post at My Biotech Life about FoldIt, a project from David Baker's lab that puts protein folding into a gaming environment, challenging people to "solve puzzles for science." Ricardo writes that players try to "make the protein fold in the best way possible with points being given for stability through hydrogen bonding, compacting, hydrophobic and hydrophilic positioning of lateral protein chains, etc."

Well, there goes the time GTO was going to spend on Grand Theft Auto IV. So long, Niko Bellic, we've got proteins to fold.

 

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.