Meet Samir

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Pause for a moment and think about the 750,000+ classifications achieved by BashTheBug in its first year of existence: that is an enormous number. The next thought is usually who are the 10,000+ volunteers, the Citizen Scientists who contribute their time and energy to the project? We have not yet met any of you – until recently that is. Let me introduce you to Samir, who we met at a public engagement event.

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BashTheBug is one year old!

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BashTheBug was officially launched one year ago today. Since then 10,213 people from all over the world have classified 735,070 images of M. tuberculosis growth, which is one every 43 seconds all year.

You’ve finished three datasets; an initial validation set from seven clinical laboratories from four continents and then two further datasets from two different Asian countries with a high burden of TB. (Well, we are 1,206 classifications short of the 121,305 we need to finish the second country, but you will probably finish that sometime tomorrow!)

BashTheBug has won an award and several of you have spotted artefacts in the plates (see here and here) that we missed.

Here’s to our second year and our first results, which we will share with you soon.

 

Classifications update

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It has been a while since I provided an update on how many classifications everyone is doing. We are approaching a significant milestone; to date 9,705 people have contributed to BashTheBug! It will be BashTheBug’s first birthday in a bit over a month on Saturday 7 April 2018, so hopefully our 10,000th person will join the project before then!

Overall you’ve done 677,620 classifications as of yesterday! I’ll keep a eye out for when we go over 750,000 classifications.

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