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 Discussion:  Players of an online game, Foldit, have channeled their virtual talent into actual talent by unfolding an enzyme that had puzzled scientists for over a decade.  The structure of the specific enzyme that gamers recently unfolded is found in AIDS-like viruses.  Now that the puzzle of the AIDS enzyme is solved, scientists can devise better and different ways to treat the virus, and others like it, and its symptoms and causes.

Source:  Yahoo! Games – PluggedIn

Date:  September 19, 2011

Link:   http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-161920724.html

Discussion Questions:

  • Combining gamification and crowd-sourcing can be advantageous for both the end-users and the business owner.   What are some of these advantages?
  • Can any of these advantages be applied to non-academic (i.e. business) settings or models?

 

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