Gamified Research Might Lead To A "Viable" Alzheimer's Drug
Sony has announced that PS3 firmware update 4.30 will bring Vita trophies into your main profile when it releases tomorrow. However, it will also retire the Life With PlayStation app to a close, bringing an end to the [email protected] initiative that saw gamers solving puzzles to actively unravel complex disease protein chains.
Excitingly, a new research paper based on this data might well "bear fruit in terms of a viable drug" to combat Alzheimer's disease.
According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, more than 15 million users participated in [email protected], which fed back into cutting-edge research into cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Stanford-based research lead Vijay Pande praised their efforts, stating that it has lead to "numerous successes."
“The PS3 system was a game changer for [email protected]," Pande wrote, "as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs."
“We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier [email protected] simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease."
“The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).”
We hope that [email protected] will be the first of many crowd-sourced research projects that allow gamers to actively collaborate on major projects while enjoying our favourite hobby.