By John D. Sutter, CNN
Camden, Maine (CNN) - Video gamers spend tons of time - for many it's 10,000 hours by age 21 - battling mythic monsters, shooting aliens and rescuing princesses from digital castles.
Adrien Treuille, appearing at the PopTech conference here, wants to put those efforts to better use.
His aim is to make super-boring-sounding scientific mysteries like "protein folding" and "RNA synthesis" fun and challenging for gamers.
The results have been staggering, as Foldit and EteRNA players - there are about 430,000 of them between those two games, most of them playing Foldit - continue to make discoveries that had eluded scientists and their supercomputers.