Researchers create breast cancer video game

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Flying spaceships and zapping asteroids aren't usually associated with breast cancer research. But scientists have developed a new cell phone game that decodes large volumes of genetic material from tumor samples.

Players map a route through an asteroid field that is really the genetic data of more than 2,000 breast cancer patients. The game is designed so players mimic what scientists would do if they were looking for "rogue cells" in a lab.

Scientists say they are looking for patterns in the DNA.

Gaming results with "Play to Cure," have been up to 15 percent more accurate than the ways they normally analyze data.

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