How can computer games help chemists?

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How can computer games help chemists?
« on: 19/09/2011 14:51:33 »
Online computer gaming is sometimes viewed as a mere pastime without much outward benefit, but new research reveals how gamers playing an online game called Foldit have managed to crack the 3-dimensional structure of an important protein produced by the Mason-Pfizer Monkey virus, which causes a disease similar to AIDS in monkeys...

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How can computer games help chemists?
« Reply #1 on: 20/09/2011 12:38:21 »
Hmmm!  seems a bit reminiscent of Kekulé's dream.

(A colorful and entertaining description is given here
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19119.asp
It is probably not the most historically accurate description on the web, but it gets the idea across.)

And Kekulé did not even need a computer!
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