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MR BACOn: Mendelian Randomization with Biomarker Associations for Causality with Outcomes
You don’t have to have grown up in the ’70s to have danced disco & eaten bacon regularly, but to have developed DrugDisco, a high throughput automated drug discovery pipeline, or created MR BACOn, otherwise known as a Mendelian Randomization analysis of Biomarker Associations for Causality with Outcomes, you must have participated in an NCBI hackathon.
Creative titles, collaboration, & the courage to try new strategies—all while being transparent—are hallmarks of hackathons…NCBI style.
Since their debut on the NIH campus in January 2015, NCBI has been involved in 25 hackathons.
NCBI hackathons surpass expectations
Hackathons are events for computational biologists, computer programmers, & other professionals to collaborate on software projects. Typically, the events fill three days. Unlike other hackathons in which teams compete to come up with a winning solution to a problem, NCBI-style hackathons are collaborative. Each team tackles a different problem, & teams often help each other & share expertise.
The growth, interest, and results of the NCBI hackathons have surpassed expectations, according to Ben Busby, the center’s genomics outreach coordinator & hackathon organizer.
No two are alike
DrugDisco, a product of an NCBI hackathon, makes trial-and-error drug discovery a thing of the past by using a rational and structure-based approach.
NCBI’s hackathons have been held at academic institutions throughout the United States, as well as on the NIH campus in Bethesda.
Each group is different. An all-woman team tackled metadata collection and harmonization, a challenging topic because metadata on biomedical projects is often variable,…