Gene editing, or genome editing, is a process in which small intended changes in the DNA are introduced in the genome of a living organism such as plants.
An augmented reality game was created to allow young adults to learn more about the CHIC project and the genome editing on plants. MyChicFarm is an educational Augmented Reality game developed by DEI Lab at UC3M to learn about New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs).
For instance, one can use gene-editing techniques to improve the amount of healthy terpenes or inulin food fibres in chicory by choosing carefully which gene to target with by the CRISPRCas9 enzyme to make the cut in the double-stranded DNA chain.
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The game allows players (farmers) to grow chicory crops and make the most of their seed money using Microsoft Hololens glasses. Selected seeds have to be planted, grown, and then collect and sell them to the market. Farmers must defend the plantations from plagues attack. To ensure the quality of the next crop, players can invest part of their money in NPBTs and produce health-related products such as inulin and terpenes.
The game has been developed within the context of the CHIC Project supported through the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme.