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    Software: Fraxinus: A Facebook game to crowdsource sequence aligment
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Friday, August 16, 2013



    In December 2012, scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory hired Sheffield-based gaming company Team Cooper to develop "Fraxinus". The game uses real genetic data from the fungus which causes Chalara ash dieback and from the common ash, Fraxinus excelsior.

    It involves matching and rearranging patterns of coloured leaf shapes which represent "nucleotides" – the letters that make up a genome sequence. People are better at this than computers alone, because the human eye can recognise patterns that computers miss.



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