Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tracking and finding the next strain

As an open-source project, nextstrain hopes to be able to track pathogen genome data to improve outbreak response.  This project was developed for The Open Science Prize, which is a collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, the NIH, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to leverage data and open source content for advancement in biomedical research. The winner this year was nextstrain.

The site it nextstrain,org and is a online visualization platform. For this project they created visuals using data from the Ebola virus outbreak. They mapped:

Transmissions,
















phylogentic trees,


















and strain diversity. 








Their hope is that this project can be used to advance the epidemiology field. By using real-time data, citizen scientists, and interactive visuals they plan to real-time  data in order to better resopond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks. 

Gianna Nino-Tapias (’18)
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