Wellcome Trust [to 4 March 2017]

Wellcome Trust [to 4 March 2017]
News / Published: 28 February 2017
Epidemic tracking tool wins Open Science Prize
An online tool that helps researchers and public health workers track epidemics in real time has won the Open Science Prize.
Nextstrain.org (opens in a new tab) is a prototype online platform that visualises viral genome data in real time to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola.
Viral genomes provide a hugely valuable insight into the spread of an infectious disease. But for this information to be useful during an epidemic, samples have to be collected, analysed and the results disseminated in near real time.
NextStrain can conduct statistical analyses in minutes, revealing when diseases were introduced into a population and their patterns of geographic spread. It can also help public health officials to connect individual cases to aid contact tracing…