Be a part of something bigger.


In order to understand how diseases work, we need your help to build biological networks.

Whether your last biology class was in high school or you have a Ph.D, you can contribute!

The aim of medicine is to prevent, cure, and manage diseases so that we can live the fullest lives possible. Every day scientists publish important findings in journals and papers, easily available to the general public.

However, the amount of scientific information is so large that scientists alone cannot piece together the entire picture.
As of now, computers cannot fully understand the English language. We've used data analysis and natural language processing to identify possible sentences that might contain protein interactions, but the verified solution depends on the most valuable machine of all – the human mind.

We need your help! No biology background is needed – based on your knowledge of grammar alone, you can help us stitch together a pathway that may spark exploration into new treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and more.

In collaboration with highly-trained scientists, we'll be able to use these results to identify opportunities to aid disease research. Whether you have 5 minutes or 2 hours, you'll be able to make a valuable contribution.
Contributing to Flink is similar to playing a fun word game. We've combed through the literature, and using computational techniques, we picked out those sentences that are most likely to contain a protein-protein interaction.

We would like you to pick out the sentences that truly indicate an interaction.

For instance, if the sentence states, "Protein A phosphorylates Protein B," then click 'YES' because the sentence indicates a relationship between Protein A and B.

However, if the sentence states, "Protein A does not phosphorylate Protein B," then click 'NO' because the sentence indicates a lack of relationship between the two proteins.

If you are unsure whether the sentence indicates a relationship, click 'NEXT' to receive the next sentence.
In biology, proteins and molecules are often interconnected. Specific proteins interact with each other, setting off chain reactions in all areas of the body. These “chain reactions” thus form something called a “biological pathway.”

According to Wikipedia, a biological pathway is a series of actions among molecules in a cell that leads to a certain product or a change in a cell - and the combination of multiple biological pathways forms a biological network.

These networks of protein-protein interactions can encompass thousands of molecules, and can form massive changes such as muscle movement or cell assembly!
By identifying what genes, proteins, and other molecules are involved in a biological pathway, researchers can figure out what goes wrong when a disease strikes.

For example, scientists may compare certain biological pathways in a healthy person to the same pathways in a person with a disease to discover the roots of the disorder.

After detecting and targeting the specific molecules, they can come up with methods of treatment to cure the disease.

It is now up to you to begin the first step of the process – your answers can help add tremendously to the existing biological pathways!