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A Free Science Competition that Analyzes Genes in Space

Cancer Research UK has developed "Genes in Space," a free mobile game where players analyze real genetic data while trying to beat their high score. The gameplay produces valuable analysis, saving countless hours of professional researchers' time, enabling them to focus their energies on developing new life-saving treatments.
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Mobile Building on the success of CellSlider, Cancer Research UK has developed Genes in Space, a free mobile game where players analyze real genetic data, while trying to beat their high score. Developers from Facebook, Amazon and Google conceived and prototyped Genes in Space at a 'GameJam' hack weekend in March 2013. The gameplay produces valuable analysis, saving countless hours of professional researchers' time, enabling them to focus their energies on developing new life-saving treatments.

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By creating an engaging and informative science competition for students to solve real-world problems in space exploration, it is allowing scientists to focus their energy on other projects while simultaneously challenging kids to think outside the box and discover what's in our future.

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Genes in Space enabled the first DNA amplification experiment in space, designed by high school student Anna-Sophia Boguraev. Genes in Space students have enabled other outstanding space biology milestones since then. 

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