Can a smartphone game help you combat breast cancer?
Cancer Research UK has launched the Play for Cure: Genes in Space free game that will allow you to help carry out vital research into breast cancer without realizing it. It may look like a space flight simulator, but the maps that players use for navigating their spacecraft are actually cleverly disguised pieces of genetic data. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices and was developed by designers and programmers from companies including Amazon, Facebook and Google. According to Hannah Keartland, citizen science leader for Cancer Research UK, "Every single person can have an impact in terms of accelerating cures for cancer. If every single person with a smartphone downloads this game and plays it for two minutes it could have a mind-blowing impact on accelerating research." But, how reliable is the game? Can you trust an app to combat breast cancer?
1 expert has answered
If the app designed with educational information regarding breast cancer symptoms, it might help.