Scientific discovery by video game players

        Our research group is interested in engaging the public to help us solve difficult scientific problems. We harness the collective brainpower of humans worldwide to tackle critical problems posed in computational biology. We have worked with and studied how citizen scientists of the online protein folding video game Foldit—with little or no prior biochemistry experience—uncovered knowledge that eluded scientists for years. Our group is interested in combining the power of humans and computers to tackle other difficult scientific problems.Read More