jd writes "Dr Jay Bradner is claiming that it is possible to conduct cancer research using open source methodology. Certainly, his research lab has produced a few papers of interest, though the page describing the research is filled more with buzzwords (post-genomic?) and hype than with actual objectives and serious strategies. I'm certainly not seeing anything that fits either the "open source" and crowdsource models.
Certainly, there are some areas where open source really is exceedingly useful in science.
Then, there are plenty of projects that use volunteers to help solve complex problems.
So, I'm going to ask what is probably a dumb question — is there actually anything new that science can do with open source techniques? Has that path been mapped out, or are there actually new (as opposed to merely buzzword-compliant) approaches that could be followed which would get useful results?"
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