Some people may tell you that playing video games is a waste of your time. But they're definitely wrong... and here's why: Cancer Research UK has released a smartphone game which enables players to help tackle cancer by piloting customizable spaceships through a series of exciting missions.
In the game, which is available for free on Android and iOS devices, players use their spaceships to collect quantities of the valuable and powerful 'Element Alpha'. By finding the best routes to pick up the 'Element Alpha', players are really plotting a course through genetic data, thus helping Cancer Research UK scientists spot the subtle patterns in the data that correspond to DNA faults.
Thousands of people playing the game could significantly speed up the process of searching through this genetic data for clues in the quest for new cancer treatments.
- Andrew Purcell