Better Living through Citizen Science

By Eva Lewandowski | May 20, 2016 12:23 am
Life-changing citizen science.
People just like you are advancing medical research. Wondering where to start?
Our editors have selected six projects to get you started. Find more than 1,600 citizen science projects and events in the SciStarter Global Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team

Ribonucleic acid, or RNA, is an important type of molecule found in all living things. With Eterna, you can solve puzzles to create RNA-based medicines. Design your own projects and partner with professional scientists to publish research.

Autoimmune Citizen Science

Track your chronic illness treatments and symptoms with this new app to drive autoimmune research through data aggregation.

Photo: uMotif Limited
100 for Parkinson’s
You can contribute to research into Parkinson’s Disease by tracking 10 aspects of your health for 100 days. Just use your mobile phone or tablet to record information on things like sleep, diet and stress.

What are the links between genes, lifestyles, and health? Provide information on all three, get genetic risks profiles, and find open-access literature about gene variants on this site.

Photo: Counter Culture Labs
Open Insulin
Join a team of biohackers in CA who are developing an open source protocol to produce insulin. That’s right.

Photo: Human Computation Institute
Patients with Alzheimer’s often suffer from reduced blood flow to the brain. Help build virtual models of blood vessels to pinpoint these clogs and advance Alzheimer’s research. Sign up now!

Citizen Science Day

SciStarter is a proud partner of Citizen Science Day, presented by the Citizen Science Association. Get involved through May 21!

Check out this related video and Google Hangout produced by The Crowd & Cloud!


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Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski is a PhD candidate in the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. She is part of the Monarch Lab, where she studies citizen science and conservation education. In her free time, she volunteers with environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.


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