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Old 09-20-2011, 04:24 PM
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Arrow Video Game Players Solve AIDS Mystery

In less than 10 days, online gamers figured out a molecular puzzle that had stumped scientists for more than a decade.

Article: Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists
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But to dispel incorrect information about MNS using different plants or better plants coming from more original seed is just false...It may be smart to remind most of you who do not know that since the beginning of plant work for MNS and other companies all mother and father plants were always controlled and put into production by myself as Nevil lives on the other side of the world and Howard does not do the plants.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:58 PM
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This looks like an inventive use of molecular modelling, but don't get excited too soon. There are inherent limitations to this technology.

The raw data used to construct a virtual image of the active site of the enzyme is obtained by x-ray crystallography.
This means that the enzyme has to be isolated and crystallised (a VERY difficult feat). X-rays are then bounced off the crystal, the data collected and a virtual image constructed.

The limitation is that the enzyme is distorted to a certain extent by being in crystalline form. It's not in exactly the same shape as it would be in nature.

It's a very useful tool, but that's it. You're not going to be able to just model in chemical structures and hey presto they do what you want biologically..
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:17 PM
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