NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US military's Defense Threat Reduction Agency has awarded a $1 million prize to a group of scientists who developed an algorithm that can enable rapid and accurate characterization of a clinical pathogen sample from raw DNA sequence data, challenge partner InnoCentive said today.

The challenge, managed by the DTRA/US STRATCOM Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, used InnoCentive's crowdsourcing platform, the Waltham, Mass.-based company said today.

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