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“Armchair epidemiologists” and “data bros”: Inside the DIY world of Covid-19 research

Science used to be done by a select few in high-tech laboratories and dusty university offices. But this was before we had a pandemic on our hands

By Becca Muir  

Science used to be done by a select few in high-tech laboratories and dusty university offices. Studies would go on for years, and when they were published, results would be locked behind journal paywalls, ready to be read by a handful of fellow specialists. But this was before we had a pandemic on our hands.

Now, everyone from billionaire Elon Musk…

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