Interactive Medicine Video Games
Educational Games - The Nobel Prize in Medicine
In this game you have to blood type each patient and give them a blood transfusion. Are you able to do that? If not, maybe you should read the introduction to blood typing before you start, otherwise you will put the patients' lives in danger!
The Cell and Its Organelles
The compartments of the cell, the organelles, are so small that it was impossible to study their structure until the electron microscope became available in 1938. Albert Claude, Christian de Duve and George E. Palade were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 for developing methods making it possible to take a closer look at the organelles and for discovering some of them.
Control of the Cell Cycle
In this game you are to take on the job as a Cell Division Supervisor. Are you familiar with the different phases in the cell cycle? If not, maybe you should pay extra attention to the image of the cell cycle in the introduction.
DNA - The Double Helix
In the beginning of the 1950s, biologists knew that DNA carried the hereditary message. But how? The DNA molecule looks like a spiral ladder where the rungs are formed by base molecules, which occur in pairs. These sequences of base pairs represent the genetic information. In the game below, you can make copies of DNA molecules and find out which organism the genetic material belongs to!
The Ear Pages
Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. Explore "The Ear Pages" and collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz!
You are practicing as an ECG technician in a health llinic. Your job is to perform ECGs on patients referred to you by medical doctors. This game lets you explore the key elements of the electrocardiogram, and in the end there will be a task for you to complete. Good luck!
The Genetic Code
We need several thousands of different proteins in our body. It is the genetic material, the DNA, in our cells that provides the information needed to produce all these proteins. The genetic information is stored in molecules represented by three-letter words called codons. These words need to be translated to the "protein language" of 20 words, each representing an amino acid. Translate the code and challenge a friend to a five in a row game online!
The Immune System - Defending our Bodies
Ilya Mechnikov, one of the pioneers of immune system research, inserted a thorn into a larva and noticed strange cells gathering around the thorn. The cells were eating any foreign substances entering the ruptured skin. He called these cells phagocytes meaning "devouring cells." He later shared the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with another pioneer in the same field, Paul Ehrlich.
Malaria is one of the world's most common diseases, caused by a parasite that is transmitted to humans by a female mosquito's bite. The discovery of this parasite in mosquitoes earned the British scientist Ronald Ross the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1902. In 1907, Alphonse Laveran received the prize for his findings that the parasite was present in human blood.
The Mosquito Game - Take control of a mosquito and try to find a human to bite and draw blood from.
The Parasite Game - Take control of a parasite, try to find your way inside a human being, and multiply as fast as possible.
Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, represents a breakthrough in medical diagnostics and research. Worldwide, more than 60 million investigations with MRI are performed each year. In 2003, this imaging technique was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
In this game, you will find out if you can train a dog to drool on command! Ivan Pavlov's description on how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in a certain way to a particular stimulus, has drawn a tremendous amount of interest ever since he first presented his findings. His work paved the way for a new and objective method of studying animal and human behavior.
The Split Brain Experiments
The brain is made up of two halves, the hemispheres. These hemispheres are united to one another through a system consisting of millions of nerve fibers. Therefore, each hemisphere is continually informed about what is happening in the other. What happens if the connection is broken?
Robert Koch proved with certainty that the dreaded disease, tuberculosis, was caused by specific bacteria. How did he do it? Play the game and find out!
Before the 20th century, no one had heard of vitamins. It was Christiaan Eijkman who first pointed out a substance in rice skin, which was later to be known as vitamin B1. For this, and for his new ways of investigating, as well as for the methods he used to control diseases caused by vitamin deficiency, Eijkman was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.