Scientists Dig into Ebola’s Deadly Genes for Clues

August 28, 2014

DNA in tube

AP writer Seth Borenstein highlighted the role of online crowd-sourcing (a.k.a. citizen science) in his article about the urgent effort to slow the Ebola outbreak. He reports:

By putting the genetic underpinnings of this Ebola strain out in the public in a matter of days instead of the normal months or years, [Harvard University and Broad Institute scientist Pardis] Sabeti hopes it can rally researchers worldwide to look at the data, the changes in the disease, and find something that could help.

“We need to crowd source this outbreak response,” Sabeti said. “I want high school students analyzing this sequence. You want people in every country working to do something.”

Also, Lisa Girard, in the Harvard Gazette, also profiled the research and posted where the Ebola virus gene sequence was made available.

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