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A Development and Deployment Platform for Citizen Science Games in Genomics

Status: 
Past
Competition: 
2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition
Sector: 
Health
Genome Centre(s):
Génome Québec
Project Leader(s):
Jerome Waldispuhl (McGill University), Mathieu Blanchette (McGill University)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2013-2014
Project Description: 

Computer games, which are tremendously popular worldwide, can bring massive resources together through crowdsourcing (a practice of obtaining contributions from a large group of people, especially from an online community). Applied to genomics, scientific games have excellent potential to solve complex problems arising in molecular biology. Drs. Jerome Waldispuhl and Mathieu Blanchette are designing a platform that will allow scientists to build video games for studying, mining and processing molecular biology data. The games will be assembled on an online gaming website that will be open to contributions from researchers and game companies to enhance the development of techniques in personalized genomics and health.