Friday, January 14, 2011

EteRNA Online Game — Sharing the Work

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University have created an interactive game, so that the public can help researchers find new ways to fold RNA cells.

Scientists hope to find the basic principles to life's building blocks, and this game is believed to be a "training ground" to help find these principles.

This game is challenging. The object of this game is to create the target cell design, using four different types of cells. To learn how to play the game, there is a tutorial that consists of 5 levels. This tutorial is a basis for the whole game.

If you'd like to know more about this game and its open source goals, read this article on The New York Times. You can also see how of this game may help its developers win a biological prize on the Carnegie Mellon website. You can access the game, EteRNA, is accessible at the school's website.

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