Code#DNA, the applied game developed by Idra Interactive Studios in cooperation with the Department of Biology of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, is now available!
The adventures of Emma (a fictional character) follow her scientific research, as a young anthropologist, on ancient DNA, and it is now downloadable for free from the dedicated webpage of the Department of Biology.
All available locations have been inspired by real research performed by the Center of Molecular Anthropology for the Study of Ancient DNA on real archeological sites:
- Lazzaretto Nuovo in Venice, where a woman was buried in the 16th century.
- Grotta Guattari in San Felice Circeo, burial site of a Neanderthal man.
- Siberia, where Emma will experience an investigation on the existence of the legendary Yeti.
- Seville Cathedral, theoretically the burial place of Cristoforo Colombo.
- San Fermo Maggiore, a Church in Verona, which is considered the burial site of a Great Knight Templar.
Code#DNA has been created by a team of experts in the gaming industry who worked together with the university’s scientific advisors. The project has been coordinated by Professor Antonella Canini, full professor of Botany and Director of the Botanical Garden, and by Professor Olga Rickards, full professor of Molecular Anthropology and Director of the Department of Biology. Among the different settings of the adventure, players will be able to dive into a faithful and fully explorable recreation of the Center of Molecular Anthropology for the Study of Ancient DNA, a specific set of labs of the Department of Biology in the University of Rome Tor Vergata.