N = Infinity: Crowdsourcing for Research

Jessica Richmond’s uBiome project asks “citizen scientists” to submit body samples so the company can analyze their microbiomes.  Max Little’s Patient Voice Analysis asks PatientsLikeMe members to record their voices and experiences to help monitor the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Jared Hayman’s CrowdMed asks the wisdom of many “medical detectives” to help diagnose mysterious symptoms.

Is crowdsourcing joining the time-hallowed clinical trial as a leading research method?  The “human computing power” of results from thousands of people may be more effective and cheaper than traditional research. Why hasn’t it caught on faster?  Will lack of standards hamper progress? And what about reproducibility?

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