Biomedical scientists are publishing new discoveries at a rapid rate. Currently, PubMed, the primary database for biomedical literature housed by NIH’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, contains more than 26 million articles and is expanding by more than 1 million articles per year — that’s two articles per minute. The research boom is great news for biomedical science, but it is challenging for humans to keep up with such massive amounts of information.
Enter a team of bioinformatics scientists from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, an NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program hub. Led by Andrew Su, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at TSRI and director of computational biology at STSI, the group invented a web-based technology platform to arrange biomedical literature into a format that is easier for computers to organize and analyze. Because of the size of such a task, the platform, called Mark2Cure, is designed to employ crowdsourcing.
Read the full article on the NIH NCATS website.