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EteRNA

EteRNA is a game developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. Players solve puzzles related to the folding of RNA molecules and can also suggest new puzzles. The program takes advantage of human problem-solving capabilities. A better understanding of RNA design and structure prediction may facilitate the design of RNA-based nanomachines and switches.



Solve puzzles related to the folding of RNA molecules
               midcore | puzzle | medicine | computer (browser)                


Articles

Gene editing technologies smarter and safer with EteRNA

Eterna just announced the launch of #opencrispr. CRISPR is a genome editing technology used for therapeutics and molecular medicine. Players will help discover principles and RNA molecules that could turn CRISPR on and off, and […]

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A week to tweet about Science and Games
#8 Players become Experts

From April 10th to April 15th, Citizen Science Games was hosting the @IamCitSci Twitter account. The whole week was dedicated to games and science. We storified the week in different episodes, in case you missed […]

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Eterna: Principles for Predicting RNA Secondary Structure Design Difficulty

Designing RNAs that form specific secondary structures is enabling better understanding and control of living systems through RNA-guided silencing, genome editing and protein organization. Little is known, however, about which RNA secondary structures might be […]

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Online citizen science games: opportunities for the biological sciences

Recent developments in digital technologies and the rise of the internet have created new opportunities for citizen science. One of these has been the development of online citizen science games where complex research problems have […]

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Interviews

Adrien Treuille (EteRNA), excerpt of the interview for Forbes

Adrien Treuille, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, creates online challenges that tap gamers to solve complex scientific problems. Players of Foldit, an Internet video game he co-developed as a biochemistry […]

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