Researchers have released the largest ever collection of genomic data on parasitic worms in a repository they call WormBase-ParaSite. These worms, which infect more than one billion people worldwide, account for a greater disease burden than malaria or tuberculosis. The data set’s creators hope their work will aid other researchers studying these worms and working to combat their negative affects in human populations. The data set was created by the European Bioinformatics Institute at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Largest Ever Data Set of Deadly Parasite Genes
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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