DreamLab app to help cure cancer
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.