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EteRNA, an online game, helps build a new RNA warehouse: "Unlike earlier efforts at crowd-sourced science, EteRNA will cross over from simulation to biology"
-- The New York Times
Why video games are key to modern science: "These are tasks that are beyond the limits of science today, but through trial and error and being able to play with real molecules through this computer game, people have been able to figure out how to solve these tasks"
Adrien Treuille: Crowdsourcing science: "By creating games like EteRNA for protein folding and nano-engineering, Adrien Treuille and his colleagues are outsourcing research, each week scoring and then synthesizing top players'work."
Level Up: Gamers Become Scientists By Competing To Design The Best RNA Molecules: "EteRNA, the new project from the brains behind FoldIt, wants to create and study RNA molecules to help cure diseases. Turn out if you give a gamer a chance, they can design RNA molecules far better than any computer"
-- Fast Company
Rebooting science outreach: "Online RNA design game garners unexpected interest from nonscientists."
-- Alan Chen
CMU, Stanford create online game for RNA research: "This makes EteRNA similar to what goes on in my lab on a daily basis: You make a prediction, do an experiment, make adjustments and start again"
Carnegie Mellon, Stanford scientists take mysteries to public: "Researchers believe EteRNA players could advance science faster than scientists could on their own. Each week, researchers at Stanford will synthesize the top-scoring molecules in their lab to see how well they work in the real world."
You can be a Citizen Scientist!: "Researchers hope to find a background set of rules that govern RNA folding, and some of the more impressive RNA structures developed computationally by EteRNA users have been synthesized in lab to see if the folding of their real-life counterparts match the computational ones."
How crowdsourcing games help solve scientific problems: Review of current projects: "EteRNA is an online game which resembles Tetris or Dr. Mario was developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University researchers to uncover principles for designing molecules of RNA, which biologists believe may be the key regulator for all cellular activity."
New Videogame Lets Amateur Researchers Mess With RNA: "I was on the verge of making an important discovery about the placement of guanines in RNA molecules, based on data from a real-world experiment. Who to say not a biochemist ?"
Games That Solve Real Problems: Crowdsourcing Biochemistry: "The first large-scale library of synthetic RNAs, which are expected to lead to new ways to control living cells and cure diseases"
Play a game and engineer real RNA: "The game, called EteRNA, breaks down a barrier that has long kept the virtual reality of video games separate from the real world and in the process may help scientists build ever more sophisticated RNA machines"
-- MSN Cosmic Log
BioChem: The Hot New Videogame ?: "whatever EteRNA's merits as a scientific tool may be, it's a very well-made game"
Will NIH Embrace Biomedical Research Prizes ?: "These games have proven surprisingly popular among nonresearchers and players' solutions often surprise scientists because their creativity isn't constrained by what they think a correct answer should look like"
-- Science News
Crowdsourcing for Government: Turning Crowds into Communities: "The video game harnesses the wisdom and enthusiasm of amateur biologists by asking them to compete against each other to create the best synthetic RNA molecule designs"
-- Social Marketing exChange
The Public, Playing a Molecule-Building Game, Outperforms Scientists: "Players are figuring out these principles on their own, says Mr. Treuille. He says that while they're more like a grandmother's instructions on baking a cake than a strict scientific formula, they work remarkably well in practice"
-- The Chronicle of Higher Education
Citizen scientists use games to design protein and RNA: "We couldn't do the kind of data analysis we do without 25,000 people looking at the data. This is science on a massive scale that was never possible before. It deeply affects everyone, especially the players."
CITIZEN Scientists: " EteRNA, a newer game from scientists at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. The objective here is not (yet) to find the 3D structure of RNA, but rather to figure out which bases of an RNA sequence pair with which."
-- Life Inside the Cell
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