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18/3/2016

CRG: Citizen science project "Stick Out Your Tongue' draws up the first oral microbiome map for the youth of Spain

CRG: Citizen science project "Stick Out Your Tongue' draws up the first oral microbiome map for the youth of Spain


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Jordi Portabella, director of the Research and Knowledge Area of “la Caixa” Bank Foundation, Luis Serrano, director of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), and Toni Gabaldón, leader of the Comparative Genomics Group at CRG and scientific coordinator of the project, presented the preliminary results, and gave the awards to the winning projects of the citizen science project Stick Out Your Tongue on March 11th this morning at the CosmoCaixa science museum.

This project, launched by the Centre for Genomic Regulation in collaboration with "la Caixa" Bank Foundation and supported by the Severo Ochoa Programme of Excellence of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, came to life one year ago, and has been actively participated in by the community since then. “We’re very happy with the experience, and with meeting the challenge of a citizen science project in biomedicine. We have involved society in most phases of the project: from the establishment of initial hypotheses to the bioinformatic and statistical analysis, including the collection of samples,” said Luis Serrano, ICREA research professor, and director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation.

Stick Out Your Tongue has been participated in by nearly 4,000 people throughout Spain, either by contributing a saliva sample, analyzing a sequence to identify the species or proposing a research project through analysis of data resulting from sample collection. The youngest participant was 11, and the oldest 64, although most participants were in the 15-17 year age group.

More information:
CRG Website