After downloading human genome data from the 1000 Genomes Project, citizen scientists used home computers to extract 200 novel genetic variants from Y chromosomes of the most numerous group of western European men.
“Getting involved in citizen science projects is one way that these people can re-engage with research. Likewise many people with careers in IT and computing already have the sorts of skills required for analysing whole genome sequences in projects like ours,” says Andy Grierson, from the Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield.
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