Gaming for a cure: Computer gamers tackle protein folding

Biochemists and computer scientists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems. Results published this week in the journal Nature show more than 55,000 players have played protein-folding Tetris, and beat the world’s most powerful computers on problems that required radical moves, risks and long-term vision.

Researchers find implantable cardiac defibrillators may expose patients to security and privacy risks; potential solutions suggested

Researchers find implantable cardiac defibrillators

Digital security may become an issue for the medical profession. A team of researchers has shown that patients’ private medical information could be extracted from implantable medical devices and their devices reprogrammed without the patients’ authorization or knowledge.