Gemma Hall has crocheted a woolly bug in the process of being bashed! Love it.
If anyone wants to craft any bugs, whether being bashed or not, we’d be very happy to post images and Tweet about it!
Thanks to the hard work and persistence of all our volunteer scientists, BashTheBug reached one million classifications around noon on Tuesday 2 October!
In total, we’ve done 974,283 classifications. Which means ONE MILLION isn’t too far away.
Until now we have simply sent all the images of each M. tuberculosis sample growing on each and every of the 14 antibiotics out to be classified by the citizen scientists. A while ago we realised that some images are “easy” in the sense that all the volunteers we show it to all give exactly the same answer. So, with a bit of work behind the scenes, we’ve written some computer code that can detect where the wells are in each image and then measure the amount of growth in each well. Now, it is isn’t perfect; it can be confused by small amounts of growth and artefacts like air bubbles and shadows, but it does mean we can confidently filter out the relatively easy images, thereby allowing us to only send the more challenging cases to you, our volunteers.
It has been a while since I updated everyone on how BashTheBug is going.
Check out the work of my friend Lucy Turner who has created some textile designs based on various tuberculosis objects (if you look carefully you can see some based on the 96-well plates we classify).