I’ve got Zelda. Many of us love Zelda, but Link couldn’t cure diseases.

Kids aiming to persuade their parents to buy the PlayStation 3 have some new ammunition — donating their PS3’s down time to researchers could help cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or mad cow disease.

“It has so much horsepower and, of course, when you’re playing a game all that horsepower will be used for the game. But there are a lot of times during the day when somebody’s not playing the game,” said Sony’s Richard Marks. “It seemed like a good idea to be able to use that horsepower for something else that is, in this case, good for mankind.”

Sony worked with Stanford University’s [email protected] project to harness the PS3’s technology to help study how proteins are formed in the human body and how they sometimes form incorrectly.

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