Collaborative Production: Biological Sciences Edition

As in software and industrial supply chains, so in biological sciences . . .

A recent Scientific American article details how collaboration in an online protein-folding game is helping scientists solve biomolecular puzzles:

When the researchers analyzed the strategies employed by a group of 57,000 Foldit players, they found that humans were better at some aspects of pattern recognition and protein structure prediction than current computational software. (hat tip: Andrew Sullivan, for the reference and the excerpt)

Expect more surprises.

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