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Bioinformatics Challenge

A bioinformatics competition being held by the X Prize Foundation is underway to help refine how the group will judge the Archon Genomics X Prize winners, the foundation says. The competition, which comes with a $2,500 prize, challenges entrants to improve the foundation's bioinformatics pipeline. Namely contestants are being asked to "provide insight into potential false positives and negatives" and "improve variant representation and assessment" as well as "refine approaches to unifying variant calls" and "test and propose specific refinements."

Grant Campany, the senior director for Archon Genomics X Prize, tells Daily Scan's sister publication BioInform that "the idea here is for people to dig in and ... understand what it is we've done and whether or not they can potentially propose better alternative ways."

The first phase of the competition began yesterday and lasts until the end of November, when the second phase then kicks off.

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