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Zooniverse: Worm Watch Lab

Zooniverse: Worm Watch Lab

Researchers need the public's help in observing the behavior of tiny nematode worms. Citizen scientists visiting Wormwatchlab.org are shown a video of a worm wriggling around. The aim of the game is to watch and wait for the worm to lay eggs, and to hit the 'Z' key when they do. By watching these worms lay eggs, citizen scientists are helping to collect valuable data about genetics that will assist medical research.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Medical Research Foundation
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Observation
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    To get started visit Worm Watch Lab and follow the tutorial.

See more projects in FreeObservationAll Ages.

What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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