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Game developer, citizen science and the future of data-driven science

If you ever play video games on Facebook, you know the feeling and the community you’re tapping into. Mentally challenging and sometimes a great way to connect within your network to lighten things up a bit. A little friendly competition that keeps everyone entertained. That’s the same spirit that Dan MacLean tapped into when he developed Fraxinus. Asking the general public to engage their minds and play a game which analyses genetic data on the ash trees and the disease-causing agent Ashe Dieback isn’t just filling a spreadsheet. Built as a game, sequences are analyzed and shows the benefits of new tools to explore the vast scientific realm. By playing an online game, you can help botanists solve the mystery of the fungus that’s killing so many ash trees.




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