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The Science Game Center – Video Games that Teach Science

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-20-2013

The Science Game Center (SGC) launched on April 19, 2012 and serves as a clearing house for all types of games for science education – card games, board games, video games and more. Games that also generate science data are also featured. For example, Eyewire is a brand new game from MIT that intends to map the human brain my crowd sourcing. Eyewire is from Sebastian Seung’s lab at MIT.

Serving as a central resource for educators to find games to use to teach students and as a resource to assist game developers in reaching their audience, the SGC is a valuable resource in a growing field. Key to the value the SGC offers is the opportunity for educators, scientists, and players to post their reviews of the games. Not only will these reviews inform teachers about how the games have been used by others, reviews will provide constructive feedback to the game developers about the accuracy of the scientific representations and about how much players enjoy the games. To make the SGC as useful as possible, we need reviews of games by the scientific community. Help us out; review some games. Take a break from reviewing technical papers, give one of the games a try, then try it again with your kids and submit your thoughts. Your reactions as a scientist may help guide teachers seeking games, and your review will be tempered by the comments of 5th graders.

For additional comments or questions, please contact David Orloff, Project Director or Melanie Stegman, Ph.D., Director of Learning Technologies Program at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). The FAS has also developed its own game Immune Attack and is currently developing the sequel, Immune Defense.This project is supported in part by a competitive grant from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF). FAS has supported research in effective learning technologies since 2001. See www.fas.org/programs/ltp for more information about Learning Technologies at FAS.

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Thanks to David Orloff for submitting this guest post.

Is Deformation the New Transformation?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-23-2013

Researchers from MIT have now found a safe and efficient way to get large molecules through the cell membrane, by squeezing the cells through a narrow constriction that opens up tiny, temporary holes in the membrane. Any large molecules floating outside the cell — such as RNA, proteins or nanoparticles — can slide through the membrane during this disruption.

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3D Biology Game: An Idea Worth Funding

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-06-2012

This past summer a group of artists and indie game developers in the Seattle area attempted to develop a super-cool video game that allowed player to explore the inside of a cell as if they were actually inside the 3D structure. Unfortunately, the team was unsuccessful in meeting its funding goal, however, they left a strong impresson on me and I believe that they have a product which can seriously help revitalize the biology classroom.

Checkut the video from Kinect Biology and give us your feedback. Do you think that there idea is worth funding?

The Future of Medicine

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-21-2012

Besides demonstrating a really cool tool, this video has the best quote of the day:

You don’t want to hear “oops” in real surgery, but fortunately our digital man has undo

Pathway Curation and Real-Time PCR Panel Design Strategy

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-20-2012

Pathway analysis provides an efficient and focused approach for studying a large number of related gene targets in a single experiment. The pathway curation and ranking strategy employed by Thomson Reuters and Bio-Rad ensures that the gene assays present on each real-time PCR pathway and collection panel are the most relevant for gene expression profiling based on differential expression studies and the frequency with which gene targets appear in the peer-reviewed literature. All PrimePCR assays were designed following strict guidelines on maximum transcript coverage, have minimal overlap with known single nucleotide polymorphisms, and span large introns where possible. In addition, they have all been fully validated in the lab, passing stringent quality controls. As a result, PrimePCR panels set a new quality standard for commercially available predesigned qPCR pathway panels.

Click here to read the full article in Bioradiations.

Click on the pathway map below to view a larger version.

Apoptosis and survival — TNF-R1 signaling pathway map. This pathway map is one example of the 260 canonical pathway maps provided by Thomson Reuters. Pathway maps illustrate protein interactions and regulation to provide a comprehensive picture of signaling and disease processes. On the Bio-Rad website, each target on the map can be selected to view corresponding gene and protein information.