Crowdphase is an online multiplayer game for solving the phase problem in X-ray crystallography. X-ray crystallography is a method based on X-ray diffraction for determining the molecular structure of materials that can form crystals. In biology, this can be used to solve the structure of molecules such as proteins, DNA or drugs.
CrowdPhase. Crowdsourcing the phase problem.
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Due to the evolutionnary nature of CrowdPhase, a game is "alive" even when you are away from the crowdphase platform, which means that the game will probably look different everytime you reconnect.
If you're interested in knowing what is under the hood of CrowdPhase, or to simply cite us:
J. Jorda, M.R Sawaya and T.O. Yeates. CrowdPhase: crowdsourcing the phase problem. Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2014 Jun;70(Pt 6):1538-48. [Open access] - [PubMed]