Online gamers have achieved something beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have found the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had troubled scientists for a decade.

Developed in 2008 by the University of Washington, it is a fun-for-purpose video game in which gamers, divided into competing groups, compete to unfold chains of amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — using a set of online tools.

To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks. Read more about this here