Crowdsourcing Cancer Research

The point of the game is to identify the irregular cancer cells

The point of the game is to identify the irregular cancer cells

Great find from Mobiquity: The Game’s Afoot for Finding a Cure to Cancer:

The next big development in cancer research may be . . . gaming? Cancer Research UK wants to enlist gamers in its quest to detect genetic mutations by creating a mobile game with Google, Amazon and Facebook.

This is a fantastic use of crowd-sourcing.

By using “citizen scientists,” the group aims to accelerate the discovery of new ways to treat cancer. Cell Slider, a Web-based game that Cancer Research previously developed, has helped reduce analysis time from 18 to three months with thousands of users.

Giggaom reports that it’s been very effective in speeding up some trials:

According to Cancer Research UK, Cell Slider has already reduced the analysis time for some clinical trial data from 18 to 3 months – and that’s with tens of thousands of users. The hope is that this new mobile game would pick up hundreds of thousands of users.

The game will launch this summer. If the participants pull it off, it would probably qualify as the most useful application of the “gamification” trend in history.

Tutorial to help identify cancer cells

Tutorial to help identify cancer cells

So I went to the site to try it out. I was really looking forward to joining the fight!.

Unfortunately I was not able to get the game to work. (Sad Trombone) Cell Slider just did not show me any images. I guess that could mean that they have had solutions for all the slides they needed to identify which would be great, but I can’t find a way to know if they have ultimately successful.  Did it work for you?

Cell slider Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 11.12.03 AM

Cell slider Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 11.12.03 AM

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