31 Aug '12, 4pm

DARPA asks gamers to cure blood disease seen on battlefield: The Pentagon’s top tech research arm is reaching ou...

The Pentagon’s top tech research arm is reaching out to gaming community to help cure a blood infection that kills troops in battlefield hospitals every year. The disease is sepsis, a blood infection that turns deadly when a patient goes into septic shock as the body tries to fight an infection. Troops often go into septic shock after suffering a massive trauma like losing a leg to a road side bomb. Leaders of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, want to fight that disease and have challenged the game and online community at Foldit , a website funded by DARPA, to help cure it. DARPA has asked the Foldit community to tinker with protein designs in a massive brainstorming session to design new proteins to attack the ones that cause sepsis. The hope is to design “protein-based pathogen capture reagents to be used for the removal of circulating...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/08/31/darpa-asks-gamers-to-cu...

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