Getting people to pitch in and fund a new project is commonplace, but here’s something new. Using crowd funding to develop a scientific breakthrough.

The Economist magazine recently listed three important sites. One is, where a Florida anthropologist raised over $12,000 to study the DNA of Roman skeletons. Another is which was used by the California Academy of Sciences to discover a new species of ant. On, scientists have raised over $9,000 to fund a “worm-free world.” They mean those icky worms that enter your body, not the ones in your garden.

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