Genes in Space is the first Android and iOS game that helps cure real-world cancer

Genes in Space is the first Android and iOS game that helps cure real-world cancer
Could there be a way to convert all those countless hours we spend on games into something useful in real-life, something big, as big as curing cancer? 

As implausible as it sounds, turns out, the answer is yes. 'Play to Cure: Genes In Space' is an intergalactic game by Cancer Research UK that uses real-world cancer data that you solve in a virtual world to help scientist cure breast cancer.

A free Android and iOS space travel game, under the surface, Genes in Space uses real genetic data to create your quests, and playing the game speeds up the process of finding faulty genes, responsible for breast cancer. You can even play from the comfort of your couch to solve one of the world's most frightening diseases.

What’s the game all about? Genes in Space revolves around the mysterious ‘Element Alpha’ in space. You take over a spaceship to collect as much as possible of it. At the beginning of each level you have to pick the route through most Element Alpha (the most dense area). That route actually translates into real genetic data, and if thousands of gamers join in to manually map it, the speed of cancer research would improve hugely. 


The idea came about after a 2013 hackathon that brought scientists, game devs and designers together from all walks in life, including Google and Facebook employees. Now, with this game, game developers Guerilla Tea collaborated with scientists to have the real anonymous genetic data coming from thousands of breast tumors transformed into a space adventure game.

Cancer Research UK’s first game (not on mobile) already had 200 000 people classifying over 2 million cancer images, an effort that’s reduced the time for research from 18 months to just three. Why not play from the comfort of your Android and iOS device now for such a great cause?

Developer: Cancer Research UKDownload: Android | iOS
Genre: Space explorationPrice: Free


source: Cancer Research UK

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6 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is truly amazing

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol yea, that is pretty HQ.

2. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Now this is a good path for gaming.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Its a genius effort towards fighting cancer, Will Ferrell was also doing an AMA promoting his non-profit Cancer for College. It was also intercepted by Snoop!http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1x04gb/hello_its_will_ferrell_lets_keep_it_classy_ama/.compact

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

If this is actually true, color me impressed.

6. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Ok, I can help save lives now. Awesome!

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