Citizen Scientists Work Together To Identify Effective Cancer Treatments – PSFK

A description of the Cell Slider project, engaging people to help with cell identification and mutations, to help understand how cancer cells respond to various treatments. Current focus is on breast cancer. Following quote captures the broader approach:

A whole new level of scientific discovery opens up for researchers willing to use this kind of research. By breaking down tasks into well-designed and publicly approachable chunks, projects that could take years are condensed into months or even weeks, saving money and, in this case, lives. Similar problems that involve visual interpretation and lots of data, such as the strengths of tropical cyclones, could be turned into games that incentivize users with badges, levels, status and rewards. The time devoted to such projects by participants could be even counted as volunteering. If researchers take leads from this and other citizen scientist contribution models like SETI@home, where people donate computer processing time to search for the existence of alien lifeforms, and fold.it, a puzzle-style game that explores how cell proteins fold in order to source more effective medications, there is no limit to what we can collectively achieve.

Citizen Scientists Work Together To Identify Effective Cancer Treatments – PSFK.

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