About the Project
As the cost of DNA sequencing has decreased, technologies which were previously inaccessible to the general public, due to cost, are now much more open to participation. These so-called “citizen science” projects have ranged from large-scale microbial analyses of the New York Subway, to determination of the microbiome of the domestic kitchen. In these projects, the public were active participants in sample collection, study design and discussion of future research directions. Engagement in these projects allowed both participants and researchers to develop useful discussions around microbes, health and microbial stewardship. These projects were shown to be challenging and empowering for participants, allowing them to take ownership of outcomes and act accordingly. This project aims to aid people living with chronic lung diseases to physically engage in research, and in so doing, gain an understanding of the ecology of their domestic surroundings, and how this can be reconfigured towards a healthier outcome.
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