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[Perspectives] Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science

The usual story of medicine in the past couple of centuries is one of growing professionalisation, and increasing distance between patients and practitioners. But is a new era of public participation in medicine upon us? Clinicians and patients are moving towards shared decision making in many areas, whilst some medical journals now invite patients to take part in peer review. Citizen Science projects, such as Cell Slider, run by Cancer Research UK, and Zooniverse, have enabled the public to contribute to medical research.