The computer game to solve a biological puzzle

A computer game hoping to solve one of biology’s biggest mysteries is being developed by academics at Goldsmiths, University of London and Imperial College London.

Protein docking is one of the big unsolved biological problems that DockIt, the game currently under development, will aim to solve. Central to a protein’s biological activity is that it often docks onto another protein, forming a molecular structure, but the 3D shape of this remains difficult to model.

Understanding the docking of proteins can have major benefits to science – including improved knowledge of all cellular processes, and the practical application of drug design.

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