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Foldit has children!

The New York Times reports on EteRNA, an online game that allows non-biologists to design complex new ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules, as well as to receive quick feedback on the biological function of their designs.  EteRNA is in the spirit of Foldit, the widely admired and pioneering protein folding game created by UW researchers.

EteRNA was designed by UW CSE (and Foldit) alum Adrien Treuille, now a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, along with colleagues at CMU and Stanford.

It’s a superb article.  Read it here.  Play EteRNA here.  Play Foldit here.

January 11, 2011