Nanocrafter: A Synthetic Biology Game

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When is a game a biology research tool? When it is Nanocrafter from the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. From a plos.org article:

“On its surface, it looks like just another science puzzle game. In reality, the game is part of a broader goal to enable non-scientists to contribute to synthetic biology research.

‘It’ is Nanocrafter, a project created by researchers and game developers at the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. They are the same team behind the citizen science project FoldIt…

‘Most citizen science games are designed to gather data for a specific research question. Players may need to be good at pattern recognition, abstract reasoning, or other cognitive skills. Our focus at Nanocrafter is different,’ says Nanocrafter Project Lead Jonathan Barone.  ‘The project isn’t intended to address any existing research. Rather, we are interested in developing a user community that is familiar enough with the principles and parameters of synthetic biology to generate new ideas, identify new questions and create their own solutions.’

If logic, creativity and a little DNA pique your interest, be sure to check out Nanocrafter.”

Read more at: http://blogs.plos.org/citizensci/2015/02/22/nanocrafter-playing-game-synthetic-biology/

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Open Notes: Sharing Clinical Notes with Patients

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OpenNotes is a multi-foundation nationwide effort to give patients access to their care team’s written visit notes.

From the company website:

“In 2010, more than 100 primary care doctors from three diverse medical institutions across the United States began sharing notes online with their patients. Each site was part of a 12-month study to explore how sharing doctors’ notes may affect health care.

The evidence from this study suggests that opening up visit notes to patients may make care more efficient, improve communication, and most importantly may help patients become more actively involved with their health and health care.

Now, this evidence has started a movement to enable patients to easily read notes written about their care, and to bring more transparency to medical records. Find participating sites.”

Read more at: http://www.myopennotes.org/

BM Biotechnology: Glasses to Treat Dry Eyes

bm lifeBM Biotechnology, a dry-eye treatment device developer, has developed “Brain Med” and “Eyeglasses for driving,” which helps to prevent eye fatigue and helps increase concentration.

With so many people using devices like smartphones, computers, and televisions, eye fatigue and related ailments are on the rise. This company is actively working on solutions to address theses conditions. Read more at: http://www.koreaittimes.com/story/46371/bm-biotechnology-develops-glasses-treat-dry-eyes