Guerilla Tea, the Dundee based developer have joined forces with Cancer Research UK to create ‘GeneGame‘, a mobile title that will allow gamers to analyse gene data and contribute to the fight against cancer.
Guerilla Tea CEO Mark Hastings said, ‘We’ve always believed games technology has the potential to provide huge benefits to other sectors and this project will be a wonderful example of that. We’re very excited to get started and through our work look forward to helping speed up discoveries that one day might lead to new cancer treatments.‘
Earlier this year in March Cancer Research UK held a ‘gamejam’ in association with Amazon Web Services, Facebook and Google, where academics, scientists, gamers and designers created 12 gaming prototypes based on the needs of the charity’s gene research. ‘GeneGame’ will build on those foundations, and is due to be completed later this year.
Due to this particular brand of research which involves, ‘terabytes upon petabyters‘ of data that can only be accurately analysed by the human eye. Gamers free time would be an effective way of speeding up the process.
‘We’re right at the start of a world-first initiative that will result in a game that we hope hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will want to play over and over again and, at the same time, generate robust scientific data analysis,” added Amy Carton, citizen science lead for Cancer Research UK.