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.
Zooniverse: Worm Watch Lab
One little worm can help scientists understand big genetic mysteries
- 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.