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This free online game, developed by Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Universities, challenges players to design new ways of folding RNA molecules (tiny molecules at the heart of every cell). Folding and shape-shifting allows RNA and its partners to control the cell in a predictable fashion; however, the full biological and medical implications of these discoveries are still being worked out.
EteRNA is the first-ever global laboratory where scientists, educators, students, online gamers, and anybody else with a strong interest in unlocking the mystery of life will collectively help solve the world's biggest scientific problems.
Help extend and curate the first large scale library of synthetic RNA designs. Players who win weekly competitions have their RNA synthesized and scored by how well it folds. Efforts will help investigators understand, dissect, and control the functional properties of real and designed RNAs from bacteria, viruses, and our own cells.