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Video Game Could Help With Cancer Research

By: CBS
By: CBS

British scientists are using videogames for cancer research. The goal is to unravel massive amounts of genetic data more quickly.

Flying spaceships and zapping asteroids aren't usually associated with breast cancer research.

But scientists have developed a new cell phone game that decodes large volumes of genetic material from tumor samples.

There is too much data to cope with and we need human eyes and brains to really understand it.

The game is designed so that players mimic what scientists would do if they were looking for rogue cells in a lab.

Players map a route through an asteroid field which is really the genetic data of more than 2-thousand breast cancer patients.

Scientists are looking for patterns in the DNA.

Scientists say early experiments show gaming results have been up to 15 percent more accurate than current methods used to analyze data.

The game is called Play to Cure: genes in space and is available for smartphones.


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