Science Gamification

slotmachinePlug and play with biology? With SYNMOD you can! Synthetic Biology is the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes. And SYNMOD is based on a real scientific project that uses synthetic biology to design new antibiotics. Biofaction has created this mobile app, so you can join us to: 

-> create peptide modules by assembling amino acids 
-> combine and test these peptide modules in a slot machine 
-> discover antibiotic substances to kill some nasty bugs  

Get to know the 20 elementary amino acids that can be found in every living organism on this planet. Use the amino acids to build peptide modules. See how special sulfur bridges are built that make the peptides stronger. Then combine five peptide modules and create an antibiotic that you can spray directly on some mean disease causing bacteria.

Download the SYNMOD App

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Let us know what you think, your feedback helps us to improve the game. 

Know your Amino-Acids

Click on the images below for more infos about the individual amino acids:

 Alanine Arginine  Asparagine Aspartic acid
synmod-alt-17 synmod-alt-22 synmod-alt-23 synmod-alt-24
 Cysteine Glutamine Glutamic acid Glycine
synmod-alt-25 synmod-alt-06 synmod-alt-28 synmod-alt-07
 Histidine  Isoleucine  Leucine  Lysine
synmod-alt-08 synmod-alt-09 synmod-alt-10 synmod-alt-11
 Methionine  Phenylalanine  Proline  Serine
synmod-alt-12 synmod-alt-13 synmod-alt-14 synmod-alt-15
Threonine Tryptophan  Tyrosine Valine
synmod-alt-18 synmod-alt-19 synmod-alt-20 synmod-alt-21
Only in connection with Sulfur-bridges:  2-Aminobutyric acid  Dehydro-butyrine Dehydro-alanine 
Schwefel synmod-alt-05 synmod-alt-26 synmod-alt-27


Watch the SYNMOD video


The Synmod Team – Creating Antibiotics from Biofaction on Vimeo.



Idea, scientific and didactic concept, execution: Biofaction; Camillo Meinhart, Markus Schmidt


Funding: European Science Foundation (ESF) und Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


Programmer: Modern-Alchemists

Sound: Moritz Wallmüller


Posted on

July 9, 2013