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Crowdfunding genomics and bioinformatics

Pamela Cameron1*, David W Corne2, Christopher E Mason34* and Jeffrey Rosenfeld56*

Author affiliations

1 Novo Science, Hatton Mains Cottages, Dalmahoy, Edinburgh, EH27 8EB, UK

2 School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK

3 Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1305 York Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA

4 The HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1305 York Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA

5 IST/Division of High Performance and Research Computing, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103, USA

6 American Museum of Natural History, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, Central Park West, 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:134  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-9-134

Published: 30 September 2013

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Online crowdfunding websites such as RocketHub, Indiegogo and Kickstarter have financed an increasingly eclectic variety of initiatives: multimillion dollar movie projects attached to big Hollywood names, music and book publishing, gadget development, a hoodie that lasts ten years. Controversially, one crowdfunding campaign aimed to raise funds for a drug dealer, who it was thought might be persuaded to hand over compromising video footage of a prominent politician in exchange for the cash.