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Photo: Center for Game Science, University of Washington
Presented by Center for Game Science
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time indoors
Location online
Appropriate for kids yes
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Computer, Internet connection, and website browser. Game is played within internet browser at


Team with scientists to advance synthetic bio research
Play a video game to build machines out of DNA.

Nanocrafter invites you to become a citizen scientist in the field of synthetic biology! As you solve puzzles to progress through the game, you'll learn about DNA biochemistry and how DNA strand displacement can be used to build computers, gears, walking constructs, and more! Compete in challenge levels that let you submit creative solutions to problems ranging from casual to highly technical. Review the solutions that others submit, team up to come up with even better solutions, and help scientists forge the future of synthetic biology!

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