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07-21-13, 10:06 AM #1
Phone game could help cure cancerCancer Research UK has hired Dundee-based Guerilla Tea to build "GeneGame".The charity has already enlisted the help of the public to classify variations in vast amounts of gene data using its site Cell Slider.It said in three months "citizen scientists" had analysed data that would have taken scientists 18 months.The charity said advances in technology had helped scientists to identify new causes and drivers of cancer.However, it said colossal amounts of data needed to be analysed by the human eye rather than machines - and this could take years.Now it hopes to create a game which will will be fun to play while at the same time classifies data from research archives, which can then be fed back to Cancer Research UK scientists.
This will help them "drastically speed up" research into the genetic causes of cancer, and in turn develop potential new cures.
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