This nemesis of mankind named “Cancer” has been known as far as 400 BC, and was identified by Hippocrates, a Greek Physician and the father of medicine. Since then not much has changed. The death rate from cancer has not dramatically improved and we still are far from truly understanding cancer and how to cure it. Now thanks to DreamLab, a new app developed by Vodafone Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, you can make a small but significant contribution to cancer research.
The mobile network company’s Australian unit has launched DreamLab, which will allow users to “donate” their smartphone’s processing power while their owners are sleeping. The theory behind a new Android app from Vodafone that says it wants to use a network of thousands of smartphones to help research cancer.
When a phone is plugged in and fully charged, it is sent a tiny genetic sequencing task by Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research to solve. When it is completed, the data is sent back to the Garvan Institute, which can use it as part of their research.Users can also select what project they want to contribute to, whether it is breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
The potential power generated by this app is huge, comparable to a “supercomputer”. With 100,000 app installs, researchers would be able to process data 3,000 times faster than at present. So, with 5 million users, that would increase the data processing by 150,000 times, Amazing! Currently the app is being used by approximately 50,000 people around the world and is far from that number.
According to the Garvan Institute “Medical research is the key to solving cancer, but one thing slowing progress is the limited access researchers have to supercomputers to crunch their complex data. That’s where DreamLab comes in”
While this is an Australian initiative, the app is available on Google Play Store for all to download.
Help out cancer research while you sleep and make a big contribution to this philanthropic cause!