Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish has become a ‘citizen scientist’ to help Cancer Research UK fight cancer.
He took five minutes out of his busy parliamentary schedule to take a turn on the new Cell Slider website, which could help the charity to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
With just a few minutes and a few clicks of the mouse, Cell Slider is the first ever interactive website to turn real archive cancer data into a format that can be analysed by the public.
It presents real images of tumour samples in the form of a simple game of snap. Users are guided through a tutorial explaining which cells to analyse and which ones to ignore.
At the moment, the process of identifying certain molecules in cancer cells which help scientists understand why people respond differently to cancer treatment is slow.
Cancer Research UK has launched www.cellslider.net to help accelerate this groundbreaking research. By getting the public to become ‘citizen scientists’, more samples will be analysed faster and more effectively, freeing up Cancer Research UK’s experts to carry out other cancer research. More than half a million images have already been analysed.
Cell Slider comes as predictions show that the number of people with cancer in the UK is set to rise steeply by 2030. Every hour, more than three people in the South West are diagnosed with cancer.
Mr Parish said: “Research is cancer’s number one enemy, so I urge everyone in Devon to take five minutes to get involved with this exciting initiative and help Cancer Research UK’s doctors and scientists to keep making huge advances in the battle against all cancers.”