“It is not just a game, it’s a way of saving lives,” stated a 72 year old survivor of prostate cancer, Tony Selman who lives in Middlesex, central England. A new game in smartphone has now been studied to help find a cure for cancer patients. With this application, anyone in the world can help find cure for cancer by helping scientists gather data and make analysis.
Play to Cure: Genes in Space game is exclusively made for smartphones. It was introduced by the CRUK or the Cancer Research UK. The application’s aspiration is to decode different patterns and causes in the spreading of cancer cells. The mechanic of the game is to travel in the future 800 years from now through a spaceship. The spaceship is said to carry on a valuable load which is the Element Alpha. When a player follow Element Alpha, it would unravel coded that would give data for cancer.
Ms. Hannah Keartland who pioneered the project explained the game mechanics during the launch at London just this month. “It is the information that will be sent to CRUK… Gene data will be tracked by different players,” she stated. If smartphone users would play this game anytime and anywhere in the world, it would absolutely be a great benefit upon determining quickly the possible cure for cancer.
“We want anyone at any age to download and play this game,” Ms. Keartland added. According to the World Health Organization, there are 14 million cancer patients around the world. The number is expected to be 22 million every year after 20 years. The game Genes in Space would help scientists gather information on genes that cause cancer. It would also help study new techniques on how to prevent and slow down growth of cancer cells.