Viral Geneology

  • Hack Title: Viral Geneology
  • Hack Details: Amateur open scientists are working with professional biologists such as Dr. Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Together they are using openscience and crowdsourced peer-review in the study of the genetic family tree of the Covid-19 corona virus. The rate of mutations helps us understand how this virus spreads. is a public website Dr. Bedford developed for scientists. It provides animated maps of viral evolution. is an online repository where labs from all over the world post new genomic data.

    The publications go to this crowdsourced peer review site:

    How can we help?
    1) By providing additional peer review

    2) By providing additional analysis and visualization of the public data.

    3) By tracking down and reporting/removing the viral misinformation being spread based on scientific misunderstanding and outright deceit.

    This project could consist of 2 teams:
    1) Use science to help in the understanding of how COVID-19 is spreading and mutating.

    2) Use web data-mining, social networks, education and cat memes to search and destroy (blacklist?) the roots of fake science.

  • What you need to make it happen?: I have a laptop, some python and data visualization skills and a passion for replacing fake science with the real McCoy. I need experts in biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, machine learning, data science, sociology, educators, communicators, dictators,
  • Name: Brian Nitz
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