Playing With the Building Blocks of Life

DNA, RNA, and proteins are literally the stuff of life. These building blocks need to be stacked just so or things can go awry. Help researchers twist, fold, push and pull these tiny molecules into various shapes by playing these fun games. Or, let your computer fold proteins while you sleep!

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Help Stanford University scientists studying Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and many cancers by simply running a piece of software on your computer. Get started!

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Phylo is a game in which participants align sequences of DNA by shifting and moving puzzle pieces. From such an alignment, biologists can trace the source of certain genetic diseases. Get started!

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Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins. Get started!

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EteRNA is a revolutionary new game scored by nature. You design RNA molecules, and we synthesize top designs and score them based on experimental results! Get started!

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The SciStarter Weekly Featured Projects are curated by Jenna Lang.
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