According to London Reuters – Scientists from a British cancer charity are teaming up with technology gurus from the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google to design and develop a mobile game aimed at speeding the search for new cancer drugs.
This project, led by the charity Cancer Research UK, it mean that anyone with a smart phone and five minutes to spare will be able to investigate vital scientific data at the same time as playing a mobile game.
Technology Gurus Facebook & Google joined hands to design Cancer Research Game
It will take 40 computer programmers, gamers, graphic designers and other specialists to take part in a weekend “GameJam” to turn the charity’s raw genetic data into a game format for future so-called “citizen scientists“.
[blockquote cite=”Carlos Caldas at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Institute”]
We’re making great progress in understanding the genetic reasons cancer develops. But the clues to why some drugs will work and some won’t are held in data which need to be analyzed by the human eye – and this could take years
According to the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC: The number of people with the disease worldwide is expected to surge by more than 75% by 2030.
[blockquote cite=”Philip Su, engineering site director of Facebook London”]
Facebook believes the best way to solve a problem “is to bring smart people together to ‘hack’ a solution.
Source: Yahoo NEWS