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Video games may be able to help cure cancer

by on July 19, 2013
 
Cancer Research UK asks mobile developer to create game that will assist in cancer research.

Cancer Research UK asks mobile developer to create game that will assist in cancer research.

Cancer Research UK has asked the mobile developer Guerilla Tea to create a game that will identify new causes for cancer, thus (hopefully) accelerating research into potential cures.

The game is currently under a working title, GeneGame, and will be able to, according to the developer, analyze real gene data from Cancer Research UK. This will allow it to (more) accurately identify new causes for cancer, perhaps even faster than Cancer Research UK would otherwise be able to do so.

It is scheduled to be released in the UK later this year, and will draw upon ideas from the GameJam event that was hosted in March.

This isn’t the first attempt that Cancer Research UK has made in order to accelerate research. Back in October, 2012, they launched a website known as Cell Slider, in which they asked people to classify archived breast cancer samples.

This was a success, with over 200,000 people making 1.6 million classifications. According to Cancer Research UK, it would have taken  scientists 18 months to analyse this exact same information.

Said Dr.Joanna Reynolds, Cancer Research UK’s director of science information, “With GeneGame, we are being bolder, braver and bigger and we hope that by the end of the year we’ll have a game that not only is fun to play but will crucial role in developing new cancer cures sooner – ultimately saving lives.”

Will the game be successful in its noble goal?

Source: MCV UK

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