DreamLab app to help cure can­cer

The Week - Junior - - On Screen -

There are more than 100 dif­fer­ent types of can­cer, so can mo­bile phones help find cures for them? A new app called DreamLab, which has been made by a team at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, may do just that.

Work­ing with mo­bile-phone com­pany Voda­fone, the team de­signed the app to an­a­lyse huge amounts of in­for­ma­tion about dif­fer­ent drugs used to treat can­cer. The aim is to find pos­si­ble new com­bi­na­tions of can­cer medicines, but that needs a lot of com­puter power to match them up. How­ever, any­one who down­loads DreamLab will set their smart­phone work­ing on cal­cu­la­tions while their phone is charg­ing. The phone then au­to­mat­i­cally sends the re­sults back to the team. “By har­ness­ing the pro­cess­ing power of thou­sands of smart­phones, we can tap into this in­valu­able re­source,” says Dr Kir­ill Ve­selkov, who is in charge of the re­search team. The DreamLab app is avail­able for An­droid and Ap­ple smart­phones.

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