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Citizen Science Initiatives

The uBiome Campaing Aims to Map Human Microbiome

— December 10, 2012 — Business
The uBiome campaign on the crowdsourced funding site Indiegogo is looking for citizen scientists to help generate enough data to map the human microbiome, an ecosystem of microorganisms found in various areas of the human body. With enough support, the uBiome campaign can makes serious strides in mapping the microbiome, leading to breakthroughs in modern healthcare.

From assisting in the digestion of food to regulating the immune system, mircobes are a vital aspect in human health. The team of scientists behind the uBiome campaign have high hopes as they lead the charge in mapping the microbiome and personalizing healthcare. The more data collected from the campaign means they can investigate more serious health issues. For example, with 500 participants, uBiome can assess diseases like diabetes, arthritis and depression. With 50,000 samples, the project can examine more serious health problems such as leukemia, cervical cancer and multiple sclerosis.

The uBiome campaign highlights the growing change in how data is collected in the science community. This non-traditional approach to scientific insights, combined with use of new technologies, is both ambitious and innovative.