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  • Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon

    Phoronix: Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon

    Debian developers are wanting to do their part to take on the global coronavirus pandemic by hosting a COVID-19 Biohackathon...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...9-Biohackathon

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    The full genome of the virus, published in early January 2020 and which is the basis of the current global testing, was assembled (meaning: arrange the small fragmentary pieces of genome produced by a piece of laboratory equipment into one usable string for medical researchers) using megahit, GPL licensed software.

    This high-quality open source assembler option wasn't available for the SARS or H1N1 viruses.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rhysk View Post
      The full genome of the virus, published in early January 2020 and which is the basis of the current global testing, was assembled (meaning: arrange the small fragmentary pieces of genome produced by a piece of laboratory equipment into one usable string for medical researchers) using megahit, GPL licensed software.

      This high-quality open source assembler option wasn't available for the SARS or H1N1 viruses.
      Huh? Could you explain that in English?

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      • #4
        If you're having trouble getting CPU work units reliably on [email protected], you can switch your CPU efforts to [email protected] on BOINC. [email protected] is a very similar project to [email protected], and it also has COVID-19 work-units.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Niarbeht View Post
          If you're having trouble getting CPU work units reliably on [email protected], you can switch your CPU efforts to [email protected] on BOINC. [email protected] is a very similar project to [email protected], and it also has COVID-19 work-units.
          [email protected] also has the advantage of supporting computers that are not powered on and connected to the internet 24/7 better (e.g. laptops).

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          • #6
            That's why I love Debian, the community is just amazing!

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            • #7
              I have a labs worth of machines all running BOINC. Only problem is that the Nouveau driver is not as performant as it should be. Nice one NVIDIA XD

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              • #8
                Hello,

                A small correction:

                Debian is not running their own hackathon, instead they are joining an existing hackathon: https://github.com/virtual-biohackathons/covid-19-bh20

                I'm the organiser of Debian's participation, thanks for the publicity!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rhysk View Post
                  The full genome of the virus, published in early January 2020 and which is the basis of the current global testing, was assembled (meaning: arrange the small fragmentary pieces of genome produced by a piece of laboratory equipment into one usable string for medical researchers) using megahit, GPL licensed software.

                  This high-quality open source assembler option wasn't available for the SARS or H1N1 viruses.
                  The researchers who published the genome are the same researches who published the report about the effectivity of the coronavirus test on pubmed. Apparently this test was developed and distributed without any medical testing beforehand (as is usually required for any medical test).
                  Conclusion of the pubmed report: The test results in case of a positive test are 47% false positives.

                  Meaning the coronavirus test is literally useless.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FPScholten View Post

                    The researchers who published the genome are the same researches who published the report about the effectivity of the coronavirus test on pubmed. Apparently this test was developed and distributed without any medical testing beforehand (as is usually required for any medical test).
                    Conclusion of the pubmed report: The test results in case of a positive test are 47% false positives.

                    Meaning the coronavirus test is literally useless.
                    There is no "the genome". The virus mutates frequently, there are many sequences available for study.

                    There is no "the coronavirus test". There are many test protocols available. At least one was flawed, yes.

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