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A mainly pink and purple breast cancer cell.


Getting everyday people involved in analysing cancer.

By Cancer Research UK

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There can’t be many people in the world whose lives are totally untouched by cancer. Nearly everyone is familiar with the feeling of finding out that someone close to them – a friend, family member, a colleague – has received a diagnosis. Those people will also be familiar with the feeling of helplessness that comes with supporting someone with an illness that has no cure.

Cell Slider aims to be an opportunity for every one of those people to be part of finding cures for cancer.

Cell Slider – a collaboration between Cancer Research UK and citizen science experts Zooniverse – allows people to get involved in the classification of millions of samples of cancer cells, helping scientists move more quickly towards a cure for many types of cancer.

As Cancer Research UK says, whilst new techniques are revolutionising understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, the sheer amount of information that scientists have to analyse – terabytes of archived research data – is delaying the pace of progress. Although technology and computer algorithms can do a huge amount, certain datasets require analysis that only the human eye can accomplish with accuracy; spotting particular patterns, defects, and other anomalies.
By giving up our own time, volunteers on Cell Slider can help to categorise and analyse cancer data that is then passed onto the experts.

Cell Slider offers to help make real strides in cancer research while providing everyday people with a tangible sense that they are making a contribution to tackling illnesses which affect millions.

Image courtesy of Cell Slider

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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