In this Building with Biology activity, visitors explore the potential for engineered viruses to deliver beneficial, targeted genetic information to sites throughout the body, and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding this technology. Visitors create a model of the technology by combining multiple strands of yarn (DNA) and placing them in takeout containers covered in instructions (viruses' protein shells, or capsids).
Synthetic biology generates new tools and knowledge. Synthetic biology is interconnected with society.
Synthetic biologists solve problems by applying engineering principles to the life sciences.
Researchers in the field of synthetic biology are engineering viruses to help treat diseases.
Synthetic biology benefits from many voices.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Children’s Museum of Houston/Museum of Science, Boston
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