What is EteRNA about? I especially like this tag line "Your efforts will help reveal new principles for designing RNA-based switches and nanomachines -- new systems for seeking and eventually controlling living cells and disease-causing viruses. By interacting with thousands of players and learning from real experimental feedback, you will be pioneering a completely new way to do science. Join the global laboratory!" And this:
What good stuff am I contributing by playing?
Besides purely biochemical advances, EteRNA is a radical experiment in citizen involvement in cutting-edge laboratory science.In my mind, EteRNA achieve opposite what most games usually do. I always think of games as a medium that transport you to another dimension; to create that fantastic world, even in an era of your choosing. Eterna does the opposite - it brings gamers from the virtual world to reality. What they do with this game is actually applied science. The result - players, young and old, discover new rules in RNA folding that the scientific community did not know before. Of course, there's no royalty, but hey, high score is what gamers go for right? And as a bonus, they are now co-authors of a paper published in a top tier publication, PNAS. How many authors in all? 37,542 authors, only 10 of whom are scientist. Congratulations to all 37,542 of you!