I recently spent the afternoon with Rhiju Das, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Stanford University, and his team investigating RNA strands, the tiny molecules essential to life and central in the hunt for cures to diseases like cancer and AIDS. He is the co-creator of EteRNA, an online video game in which players solve puzzles that would behave in nature. Sounds complicated, and I totally do not get the whole thing but it's fascinating nonetheless. The game enables players to publish their findings in a scientific journal. The best part is that you don't have to have a background in the sciences to help solve these riddles which could lead to major medical breakthroughs.
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See slideshow below for the inner workings of EteRNA.