Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Fun Stuff: EteRNA

Today for your Monday fun, we bring you EteRNA. EteRNA is an enjoyable game developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. In EteRNA, your tools are four different proteins that attract each other in different ways. Your challenge is to place those proteins in an order that will cause the chain you are working with to hold a target shape.

The game is well designed, challenging, and enjoyable--but it's easy to lose track of the time when playing it. Once you have earned 10,000 points through successfully creating basic shapes, you can start creating shapes that might actually be synthesized in a lab. If a design you choose or create synthesizes correctly, you both gain points, and advance science in ways that might help researchers discover new ways to treat diseases and create medicines. So, have fun and do something useful at the same time... EteRNA!

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