Two heads are better than one and the wisdom of crowds has often proven to be of great value. Scientists at Cancer Research UK must have thought the same: together with game developers Guerilla Tea they translated data from breast cancer research into an adventurous space game.
Play to Cure: Genes in Space is an intergalactic smartphone game, developed to help analyse the overwhelming reams of genetic data that has been generated in recent breast cancer recent studies. Computer software is not accurate enough, to properly interpet the data which means human eyes are needed. Analyzing the data properly could take years. With the Play to Cure-game players plot a map highlighting peaks and throughs. The more players highlight certain peaks and throughs, the faster scientists are alerted to these areas worth further exploration.
By translating difficult scientific data into a game and making it avalaible to the game-addicted masses, will help breast cancer research ahead. Cancer Research UK has tried their luck on games in the study of cancer before: over 200,000 players of the game Cell Slider classified almost two million cancer images – reducing the time to analyse the data from 18 months to just three. Try it yourself by downloading the game here.