Scientists are interested in using synthetic biology to develop treatments for a variety of diseases. But there hasn't been a reliable way to control the way engineered cells behave-until now. In a new paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Northeastern University Distinguished Professor Eduardo Sontag and his colleagues describe a novel synthetic biology technique that gives researchers more control over the process than ever before.
Foldit, a gaming platform developed by Northeastern assistant professor Seth Cooper, enables users to solve puzzles to help scientists fight a killer fungus that causes liver cancer. “The game is a way to combine humans and computers to solve problems that neither humans nor computers would be able to solve alone,” Cooper said.