Scientists turn to crowdsourcing in elusive search for malaria drug

Sydney researchers have thrown open the notoriously secretive process of drug discovery with a world-first attempt to develop a malaria medicine through crowdsourcing. Chemists from the University of Sydney explored the potential for two antimalarial compounds to be synthesised into drugs, by encouraging the scientific community to contribute data and expertise, and publishing the results online. Associate Professor Matthew Todd said the open source┬áprocess – which is common in software development – had been used to screen for diseases such as zika and ebola but it was unique to develop a drug with complete transparency. “No one’s done this with…
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