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Improving biotech education through gamified laboratory simulations

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Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge H.J. Genee, P. Rugbjerg, J. Serritslev, A. Laustsen, D. Møller, L. Holst, S. Heilmann, O. Filtenborg, E.B. Hansen, S. Molin, O.D. Madsen, B. Nauntofte, R. Frandsen, O. Thastrup, H.H.Wang, P. Falholt, J. Vind, J.T. Andersen, T. Damhus, B.T. Simonsen, C.B. Jorgensen, C.V.S. Bruun, K. Spohr, P. Gibson, J. Keasling, G.M. Church, J. Nielsen and B. Palsson for fruitful discussions, support and advice. We would also like to thank the Labster team for co-development of the gamified laboratory simulations, H. Bonde, G. Nixon and E. Earls for critical reading of the manuscript, as well as K. Failor and M. Huang for collaboration regarding the tests at Stanford University OHS and Archbishop Williams High School. We would like to acknowledge the student organization Biotech Academy at DTU for its role in disseminating science education and awareness to the young. This research was funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Danish Market Development Fund, and the development of the laboratory simulations has been supported by The Danish Ministry of Science, the Danish Market Development Fund, The Lundbeck Foundation, The Danish Film Institute, Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S.

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    • Hanne Jarmer
    •  & Morten O A Sommer

    Hanne Jarmer and Morten O.A. Sommer have shared senior authorship.

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  1. Mads T. Bonde & Morten O.A. Sommer are at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, and the Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

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  2. Mette V. Larsen & Hanne Jarmer are at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

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  3. Guido Makransky is at the Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark

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  4. Jakob Wandall is at NordicMetrics, Denmark

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  5. Mikkel Morsing is at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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