Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New tool enables easy, effective disease tracking

A new open source, cloud-based tool called IDseq can rapidly detect, identify and track emerging pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. It can identify pathogens before there is an available complete genome sequence, and can therefore ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Operation Outbreak simulation teaches students how pandemics spread

In 2015, a team of specialists in modeling disease outbreaks got together with educators to create Operation Outbreak, an educational platform and simulation intended to teach high school and college students the fundamentals ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Computer modelling to fight COVID-19

To find ways to treat COVID-19, scientists have to better understand the dynamics of SARS-CoV-2, the infection that causes the disease. Computer modelling can give a window into how the virus works in the body and help identify ...

Oncology & Cancer

Physics tool helps track cancer cell diversity

Cancer cells are a wily adversary. One reason the disease outfoxes many potential treatments is because of the diversity of the cancer cell population. Researchers have found this population difficult to characterize and ...

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Open source

Open source is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software, offering practical accessibility to a software's source code. Some consider open source as one of various possible design approaches, while others consider it a critical strategic element of their operations. Before open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; the term open source gained popularity with the rise of the Internet, which provided access to diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities.

Software development costs in organizations have been touted as being approximately 15% of total costs. This indicates that the value of one over another development methodology is more of a marketing decision (which customers and pricing models) as much as it is about the design of software. The open source model of operation and decision making allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, and differs from the more closed, centralized models of development. The principles and practices are commonly applied to the peer production development of source code for software that is made available for public collaboration. The result of this peer-based collaboration is usually released as open-source software, however open source methods are increasingly being applied in other fields of endeavor, such as biotechnology.

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