All of Us Project

All of Us Releases First 100,000 Genomes to Address a Lack of Medical Diversity

With the release of its first 100,000 genomes, all from volunteers, the All of Us project is on its way to solving one of the most pernicious problems in modern medicine: a startling lack of diversity. The National Institutes of Health project, which launched in 2018, will eventually gather genetic information and other medical data … Read more “All of Us Releases First 100,000 Genomes to Address a Lack of Medical Diversity”

Categories: Citizen Science Month, Health

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Citizen Scientists Help Researchers Track Disease

This post is based on the latest episode of our podcast, Citizen Science: Stories of Science We Can Do Together! In it, host Bob Hirshon talks with researchers reaching out to citizen scientists to help track infectious disease, create a national bank of biosamples and better understand neuromuscular mobility issues. Listen here: Citizen Science: Stories … Read more “Citizen Scientists Help Researchers Track Disease”

Categories: Citizen Science, Health, NNLM, podcast

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Help improve health around the world with these projects!

We’re sure sick of this pandemic, and we bet you are, too. Luckily, there’s a citizen science project for that: With Eterna, participants play a game that helps researchers study how mRNA works (which some COVID vaccines are made of). But COVID isn’t the only health issue you can tackle with citizen science. Projects let … Read more “Help improve health around the world with these projects!”

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Eterna volunteers helped explore new vaccines for COVID-19.

A Game Playing App May Have Just Helped Create COVID Vaccines for the Developing World

On December 13, trucks loaded with coronavirus vaccine doses and dry ice poured out from Pfizer’s production facility in Michigan. Moderna’s own deliveries soon followed. And in the more than six months since then, nearly half of all Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Researchers raced to create the much-needed drug and delivered one in … Read more “A Game Playing App May Have Just Helped Create COVID Vaccines for the Developing World”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Health

How Thousands of Volunteers Are Hunting a Treatment for Alzheimer’s

  An Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can be a frightening, tragic event for patients and families. The disease usually strikes people over 60 and gradually steals memories and mental faculties. Despite decades of research, there’s still no cure. Yet scientists are steadily moving closer to understanding what’s going on in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. That … Read more “How Thousands of Volunteers Are Hunting a Treatment for Alzheimer’s”

Categories: Health

How One Million Volunteers Could One Day Revolutionize Medicine

The future of individualized medicine may depend on an army of one million volunteers. And scientists want you to get involved.  Researchers with the National Institutes of Health are recruiting citizen scientists to enlist in a study of unprecedented scope and depth. The program, called All of Us, promises to take personal data from a … Read more “How One Million Volunteers Could One Day Revolutionize Medicine”

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Citizen Science and Biotechnology Breaking New Ground: Twitter Chat on November 12

All for Science, Science for All Guest post by Lauren Ramilo @dimisitque Biotechnology has advanced rapidly in the past decade. New discoveries and technological advances have made it easier to manipulate living organisms to make new antibiotics or improve agricultural production. The equipment and materials needed for rigorous biological engineering are more affordable than ever, … Read more “Citizen Science and Biotechnology Breaking New Ground: Twitter Chat on November 12”

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Want to help scientists fight coronavirus? Here are three COVID-19 research projects that need your help from home.

In this YouTube video, three scientists join the Associate Editor of Discover Magazine and the Managing Editor of SciStarter to provide step-by-step instructions to help you join their research projects from home. Good for all ages. You can also find this video and the three featured projects at SciStarter.org/COVID-19 .    

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Right at Home with Citizen Science

Explore one of the least scientifically studied places on the planet: your home! Our editors picked these five projects to help you and scientists learn more about indoor air quality, microbes, tap water pipes, and living things lurking in your home! Find more projects you can do at home here. Cheers, The SciStarter Team

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Top 18 Projects of 2018

2018 was a great year for Citizen Science! More than 3,000 projects and events are now registered on SciStarter. There’s something for everyone, everywhere. In this edition of the newsletter, we are honoring the Top 18 Projects of 2018: projects that our collective community shared, participated in, and loved. Cheers! The SciStarter Team GLOBE Observer: … Read more “Top 18 Projects of 2018”

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