One of nature’s best-kept secrets is a wonder molecule called RNA. It is central to the origin of life, evolution, and the cellular machinery that keeps us alive. In the NOVA RNA Lab, you play the role of a molecular engineer by solving RNA folding puzzles. The RNA Lab also features a series of animated videos that explain RNA, protein synthesis, and RNA’s role in fighting viruses.
NOVA’s RNA Lab is an extension of a game called Eterna, which gets players to help scientists understand an important family of biomolecules called RNAs. After completing the puzzles, you can take your skills to Eterna, where you can help researchers discover new ways to fold RNA. Their discoveries have real-world implications, as Eterna crowdsources RNA designs, helping scientists better understand gene expression, disease prevention and more.