Julio Saez-Rodriguez How Can the Toxic Effects of Chemical Compounds on Humans Be Predicted by Means of Crowdsourcing?
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As humans react differently to chemical substances one of the challenges for public health is to establish which compounds are harmful for whom. The research project presented in this video uses crowdsourcing as part of the DREAM challenges as a method to improve research on this topic by involving the scientific community. Data on different reactions to chemical compounds were shared with scientists all over the world. They analyzed the data with different methods and every participating group described their methods and findings in detail. JULIO SAEZ-RODRIGUEZ explains how the outcomes show that the combination of all suggestions allowed for a better prediction of reactions to chemicals. In general the findings show that crowdsourcing has positive effects on science as it accelerates research, and that it is a powerful resource for computational biomedicine.
LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10186
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- Nature Biotechnology
- Published in 2015