RNA Ruth

A model robot that can be used to visualise the transcription of DNA to RNA and then to a protein

The project started when we were asked to build a copy of DNA Dave ( https://www.openplant.org/dna-dave ), which is a prop for helping to explain about DNA with a very quirky and home made feel.

We felt that we could improve the user experience so added a visualisation of the full transcription process. You 'feed' some an RFID tag into her mouth which has some DNA code stored on it.

This is then visualised as LEDS, first 2 strand DNA then single strand RNA, then a protein.

Because it is fun the head moves, as does the RNA in her throat, and there are various buttons that make noises.