University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Planarian RNAi simulation

This simulation was developed using NetLogo, a free programmable modeling environment developed at Northwestern University that is used by students, teachers, and researchers to develop models and simulations. Follow these simple steps to use the simulation: 

  1. Download the free NetLogo program from Northwestern's NetLogo development page.
  2. Download the modules from this page (listed under Files).
  3. Open NetLogo and navigate to the modules (.nlogo files) saved on your computer.

In this simulation, students investigate the driving question "How do DNA and protein determine behavior?" by evaluating protein disruption and function via RNAi in planarians.

Part of the curriculum unit: