posted by Rebekah
UW researchers are getting on the collaboration bandwagon. This week they are unveiling Foldit, a computer game puzzle that, according to the UW, may help medical scientists end HIV or malaria. Players attempt to fold protiens in new and innovative ways that may help scientists discover the protein structure that could, for example, break up toxic waste. If a player discovers the fold that can solve some of our medical mysteries, they may be next in line to win the Nobel Prize.
After reading this article, the possibilities that arise because of collaboration seem endless. Perhaps the business model of open source and collaboration isn’t economical, but the benefits for non-profits and research are…
What do you think?