Beer DNA data release + conference
Our bioinformatician Jonathan received a travel grant from the Open Bioinformatics Foundation to attend the conference and was selected by a peer-review committee to present BeerDeCoded to nearly 250 scientists!
Even though it was early morning, Jonathan definitively made the buzz (see twitter coverage)
With peer-reviewers' words
Anonymous reviewers scrutinized the project before inviting Jonathan to present
"I like the concept of citizen science and using beer to get more people involved in science is a good idea." – Reviewer 1.
"As far as I can tell, BeerDeCoded is not a classic Open Source project, as they are not producing software for all I can tell. However, they seem to be an Open Science project, and thus I figure that this abstract is acceptable for BOSC." – Reviewer 2.
"While beer is not an active topic of biomedical research, the appeal of this initiative to citizen scientists makes this an "ambassador project" that can introduce open science and genomics to a wide segment of the population that would otherwise have little interest in the abstract biological concepts that are used." – Reviewer 3.
With Jonathan's words
In his blog Jonathan gives more details:
"I had the pleasure to share several important message regarding science conducted outside of academia or industry, in a community laboratory space like Hackuarium."
" I could announce the official release of our first results based on the metagenomic analysis of 39 beer samples. I was able to show our preliminary analysis. The BOSC community was really enthusiastic about the project."
"I had some very interesting questions about the interest of breweries in BeerDeCoded, the potential fear of companies that citizen scientist decode their proprietary yeast strain or about the data integration of sequencing with GC/MS in order to study small molecules present in our beer data-set. Moreover, this talk will potentially trigger new collaborations."
Data and Protocols are Open Access
- Raw data: filed in the SRA repository, accession number PRJNA388541.
- Protocols and Scripts: available on github.com/beerdecoded/.
Our next step is to write a scientific article and submit to an open-access journal. If you want to read an early draft, contribute anyhow or discuss future possibilities, feel free to reach out (contact available in our website www.genome.beer)
Thank you once again for your support!
Jonathan, Gianpaolo & the BeerDeCoded team