Blood Infection Treatments to be Discovered Using Crowdsourcing

The creators of mobile game Foldit are bringing scientists together to cure sepsis, also known as “blood poisoning.”

The condition causes one’s entire body to be inflamed as a result of an infection. It is the immune system’s response to bacteria in various tissues and fluids throughout the body. Sepsis occurs upwards of 100 million times a year and can be fatal.

Play Foldit Puzzle Game to Cure SepsisFoldit presents users with a simulated structure of a protein. The player is then tasked to “fold” the protein — effectually rearranging the shape of it, to create a unique, but stable result. When a new shape has been created, it is sent to researchers to be analyzed. If it is found to stable, it may provide researchers with insight into a possible treatment for those who suffer from sepsis.

By creating a crowdsourcing game, researchers and Foldit founders hope be able to better treat this disease. The crowdsourcing function could potentially allow for more solutions in a more efficient way.