Crowdsourcing Dietary Science?

Glynn Marshes writes:

After my I posted on Resistant Starch a couple days ago, Richard Nikoley of the blog Free the Animal saw his pingback and dropped by to let me know he’d published a new post on the topic, which you can read here.

What caught my interest, beyond the material on RS, is Nikokey’s suggestion that people experimenting with RS capture data on how consuming RS affects the gut’s bioflora via The American Gut Project [emphasis in the original]:

The Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome projects worldwide have laid an important foundation for understanding the trillions of microbes that inhabits each of our bodies. However, opportunities for the public to get involved in such research has been limited. Now, American Gut gives you an opportunity to participate and to compare the microbes in your gut to those in the guts of thousands of other people in the US and around the world. American Gut is a project built on open-source, open-access principles. Our data are for the good of understanding and will be shared both with participants and with other scientists.

So I’m pinching myself, here: is it possible that the Interwebs & clinical testing technology are converging, such that people can organize their own studies to test the effects of things like diet?

Man, would I like to see more of that . . .

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6 Responses to Crowdsourcing Dietary Science?

  1. Have you been to any of the Ancestral Health Society’s symposiums? They haven’t announced where the one in 2014 is gonna be yet, but I think you’d love it.

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  2. JMI says:

    Really interesting Glynn, thanks​!​

    I think that you would be really interested in some recent research that I have come across explaining crowds and citizen science.​ ​In particular I feel you may find these two emerging pieces of research very relevant:

    – The Theory of Crowd Capital
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2193115

    – The Contours of Crowd Capability
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2324637

    Powerful stuff, no?

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  3. So far as getting some Resistant Starch into your system goes, what are you eating these days?

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    • Glynn Marshes says:

      Right now, potato starch, because it’s quick & easy. But I will explore other options — and I have a feeling this experiment will end up giving us dozens of ideas, and might eventually lead to new packaged RS products . . .

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