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New refereed preprint: BashTheBug

BashTheBug is a citizen science project hosted on the Zooniverse platform that we launched in April 2017 and asked volunteers to help us assess how well 20,637 clinical samples of M. tuberculosis grow on one of 13 different antibiotics.

To help engage with the volunteers it has its own blog, that has grown into the Modernising Medical Microbiology unit public engagement blog — see here.

Our first BashTheBug manuscript has just been made available as a refereed preprint — it it we show that the crowd of volunteers can reproducibly and accurately measure minimum inhibitory concentrations of antituberculars.

By Philip Fowler

Philip W Fowler is a computational biophysicist studying antimicrobial resistance working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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