badgeIn just three weeks, video gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to an article published in the journal "Nature Structural & Molecular Biology," the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.

Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading.

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