Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 03:17
If you're going to create a new life form (even if it's only digital),
Sunday Saturday seems like the best day to give it a try.
Reposted from an earlier year. Build-A-Virus is a quick, fun, and simple game that was created and put on-line by Bioreliance, now owned by Invitrogen. This game is lots of fun, even when your students are college instructors. In this activity, you create a new virus by picking different physical characteristics. The game works like this:
- First, you choose whether the virus has an envelope or not.
- Next, you choose whether the genome is single or double-stranded.
- Then you pick your favorite kind of nucleic acid - RNA or DNA
- Last, you decide if the viral particle should be small, medium, or large.
- If you picked a collection of physical characteristics that match a known virus, the site tells you what kind of virus you built (computer is not a choice!).