Facebook, Google and Amazon collaborate to fight cancer


Facebook, Google and Amazon are working together with Cancer Research UK to create a new game app that will task the general public to find a cure for cancer.

Users will investigate real scientific data at the same time as playing the smartphone game, which created during an event called a GameJam this weekend just gone.

Around 40 programmers, gamers, graphic designers and other experts took part, creating a game out of the raw data provided by the charity.

"We're making great progress in understanding the genetic reasons cancer develops. But the clues to why some drugs will work and some won't are held in data which need to be analysed by the human eye - and this could take years," said Carlos Caldas at Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Institute.

He added that the charity will harness the "collective power of citizen scientists", allowing for new ways to diagnose and treat cancer to be found much quicker.

The app is due to be launched mid-way through this year.