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Genetics in Second Life

I thought I could create an account in Second Life and see how genetic information is organized in this virtual world. I was curious whether I could find any kind of genetic or medical information. Now, I show you the results with many images. As I’m getting closer to this world, I’m going to start a series on the relatinship between medicine and Second Life. This first issue is about genetics. You just got to visit Scienceroll the next few days. But first, what is Second Life about?

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 5,438,479 people from around the globe.

So let’s see what Second Life offers on the field of genetics. There is a Gene Pool place with plenty of educational items.

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The blue bubble is a eukaryotic virtual cell

On the several floors of this bulding, you can watch 3D tutorials or simple videos on bacterial transformation, chromosomes, etc. On the first floor, I made a quiz of genetics:

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Then I wanted to read about the structure of DNA. I wanted to know how they interpret genetic terms. It seemed to be interesting:

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On the other floors, I’ve made pictures of the Hershey-Chase experiment, PCR, chromosome galleries, DNA sequencing:

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And what was the most astonishing part of my little journey: wear your favourite chromosome! As in Second Life, you can wear any kind of textures, you can also wear your favourite chromosome:

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And if you get tired of the dozens of educational opportunities, then outside in the garden, you can make test crosses:

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The point when I got convinced about this project’s importance and quality was that when I saw the genome floor:

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And I haven’t talked about virtual doctors, hospitals, medical libraries and support groups. So keep up with Scienceroll, it’s going to be a medical Second Life week.

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  1. Attis #

    “Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.”

    If only that were true… Guess what: it isn’t. Linden WTF Inc. owns it all. Dammit.

    April 11, 2007
  2. If you were the creater of this virtual world, you wouldn’t own it? :)

    April 11, 2007
  3. I’ve gone past The Gene Pool a couple of times and have never found anybody there.
    I read about all these companies opening up shop in SL and that lectures are done there and everything.
    I’ve even been to a private party where a DJ friend of mine performed live from RL to SL to a huge crowd. It’s odd, but fun.

    Someone should organize meetings of life science professionals in SL. That’d be a blast.

    April 11, 2007
  4. You’re right. Health Info Island tries to organize at least the medical things in SL. But I’m going to write about it soon. :)

    April 13, 2007
  5. Attis #

    “If you were the creater of this virtual world, you wouldn’t own it? :)”

    Guess what. I wouldn’t. Jimbo doesn’t own Wikipedia, and for me, it seems natural. Then why isn’t it so natural with SL?

    What I so much detest in so-called “Web 2.0″ is that it is a major backstep from the freedom that O/S introduced into the computing scene by introducing strong dependencies on commercial organizations. What a shame.

    Dot com. “Com” stands for commercial. Mind that.

    April 15, 2007
  6. If you need a little video documentation of your build in SL, just let Cecil know. Here is my portfolio http://www.youtube.com/user/CecilHirvi

    Videos shot in world can be put on Youtube for the world to see. :)

    December 3, 2008
  7. This is awesome! It looks really cool! I’m going to check this out!

    December 4, 2008
  8. Adi #

    Impressive. I’m really starting to gain an interest in second life’s role towards health 2.0. I’ll be downloading it and becoming a member tonight! Lets see how it goes…will stay up to date with scienceroll’s info towards it. Thx for the constant updates!

    August 22, 2009

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