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Foldit is an online puzzle video game about protein folding. It is part of an experimental research project developed by the University of Washington, Center for Game Science, in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry. The objective of Foldit is to fold the structures of selected proteins as perfectly as possible, using tools provided in the game. The highest scoring solutions are analyzed by researchers, who determine whether or not there is a native structural configuration (native state) that can be applied to relevant proteins in the real world. Scientists can then use these solutions to target and eradicate diseases and create biological innovations. A 2010 paper in the science journal Nature credited Foldit's 57,000 players with providing useful results that matched or outperformed algorithmically computed solutions.[3][4]

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Developer(s)University of Washington, Center for Game Science,[1] Department of Biochemistry[2]
Initial releaseMay 8, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-05-08)
Preview release
Operating systemCross-platform: Windows, macOS, Linux
Size≈434 MB
Available in13 languages
List of languages
Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Scientist
TypePuzzle video game, protein folding
LicenseProprietary freeware for academic and non-profit use