The Independent: Want to cure cancer? There’s an app for that

Facebook, Google and Amazon team up with scientists to create game that sorts through genetic data

…The implications of the game are wide-reaching. As anyone with a smartphone can play it, it will cut down the time scientists need to spend sorting through genetic data, and reach cancer cures faster.

The aim of the game will be to spot minute differences in the data between cancerous genes and healthy genes, but the final game will look more like a traditional game format, so that the player wouldn’t be aware they were actually spotting genetic mutations.

Amy Carton, Cancer Research UK’s head of Citizen Science, Said: “The aim is for people to want to play the game for the games sake but with the brilliant side effect that they will be helping with cancer research too.”

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