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Open Source Health Research

June 25th, 2008 Alexandra Carmichael Posted in Open Source Research 1 Comment »

Open Source Health ResearchThe power to find cures is in the crowd.

We are at a unique point in history where people can come together to solve unsolvable problems, especially when it comes to health. Scientific advances and plummeting technology costs make it easy today to get massive amounts of data, genetic or otherwise, relatively cheaply. This deluge of information is making health research increasingly into an information-based science rather than a wet-lab-dependent one.

Put that together with the phenomenon of crowdsourcing, which Wired editor Jeff Howe defines as “the application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software”, and what do you get? Wiki-science. And it actually works surprisingly well. According to Innocentive, 30% of problems deemed unsolvable by internal R&D teams can be solved when opened up to researchers around the world, basically anyone with access to the web.

At CureTogether, we are opening health research up to everyone. We don’t lock away aggregate data for our own profit, we open it up – as much as people want to share, and anonymously – so it can be put to maximum use on the path to finding cures. We see patients and researchers coming together, sharing knowledge, joining forces, and making discoveries that reduce pain and suffering for so many millions out there.

We believe in the power of open source health research. If you do too, please join us today.

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