VirEx Delivery
Credit: Science Museum of Minnesota

VirEx Delivery

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).


Learning Goals

  • 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.

Last updated: May 23, 2016