My GENE Code: Public Engagement in Molecular Biology

Researchers: Tatiana Tatarinova, University of South Wales; Eric Tippmann, Cardiff University; Yingli Wang, Cardiff University.

Gene codeTatiana Tatarinova, Eric Tippmann and Yingli Wang wanted to fuel general public interest in all things gene and genetic related. Working together, they proposed a gene adoption resource, where users can “adopt a gene” (human or any other organism) in their name, or as a gift in someone else’s name. The website would generate a “Genegram” to be sent to an email address entered by the user.

A web portal was developed that allows users to search for a word or organism of interest, check gene function, and to adopt species or genes. This is the first part of the Adopt A Gene (AAG) project, and is located here. Visitors can search for words of any type for a match in the protein sequences. Upon adoption, the adopter is presented with a certificate.

Test sites were successfully delivered and the project now needs a dedicated server, commercial changes and marketing. A pilot study is underway for the development of a mobile application for Android.

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