Featured Project

July 4, 2018

How does sleep deprivation impact problematic eating?

Research studies link characteristics of eating disorders, including binge eating and extreme dieting, with sleep disturbances, such as difficulty falling and staying asleep.
This new experiment at Illinois Institute of Technology will test how one night of sleep deprivation affects eating behaviors. Two behaviors they will observe are food consumption and disordered eating. Funding is requested for an experimental set up involving 60 adult women and some english muffins.

The results could pave the way for future studies involving objective measures of sleep (actigraphy watches) and appetite hormones, as well as prospective designs to understand the long-term impact of sleep deprivation on eating habits.

Featured Results

Crowdfunded scientific discoveries

First fern genome is sequenced and published open access

The first fern genome ever has been published online at Four years ago 123 backers paid $22,160 to sequence the full genome of the fern Azolla filiculoides. The campaign raised 147% of the goal, which allowed for the complete sequence of not just one, but two ferns. The second fern sequenced is Salvinia cucullata.

The results of the study appear this month in the journal Nature Plants. You can read supporting press articles in Discover Magazine, Nature, and Cornell Chronicle.

Fay-Wei who is a professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute started this project in 2014 as a graduate student at Duke University with his advisor Kathleen Pryer. Kathleen, a Professor at Duke, had tried to get this project funded for nearly two decades, but was met with response like ‘too unconventional’ and ‘not important enough’. 

With the collective financial support of just 123 individuals, Fay-Wei and Kathleen's team has now achieved the dream of sequencing and publishing the first (and second) whole genome sequence of a fern. 

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Projects Nearly There

NoAAC Longitudinal Registry of Treatment Outcomes in iSGS
Met their $20,000 funding target and added a stretch goal

Why did the turtle cross the springs?
To get to the other side?

How does the cancer drug Taxol cause hair loss in patients?
Getting to the bottom of why cancer treatments cause hair loss

Florida Bay Wild Dolphin Research and Conservation Project
What are the bottlenose dolphins up to in the Florida Keys?

Testing Water Quality and Its Correlation with Disease Diagnoses in Weakley County, TN
High schoolers test water quality for Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, and Cadmium

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