Cancer Research UK has partnered with Dundee-based software developers Guerilla Tea to develop a mobile game aimed at helping to identify new genetic causes of cancer.
The GeneGame sees the agency work with the charity's scientist to combine complicated cancer research data and gaming technology to feed highly accurate analysis of variations in gene data to Cancer Research UK.
Available on smartphones, the GeneGame will be the charity's second project set up to harness the power of the public to analyse data, in a bid to speed up research.
"We were very impressed by the initial format produced by Guerilla Tea and we're excited about seeing the final result. We're right at the start of a world-first initiative that will result in a game that we hope hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will want to play over and over again and, at the same time, generate robust scientific data analysis," said Amy Carton, citizen science lead for Cancer Research UK.
She added: "Combining complicated cancer research data and gaming technology in this way has never been done before and it's certainly no mean feat, but we're working with the best scientific and technology brains in the business, we're ready for the challenge and believe the results will have global impact and speed up research."