Video Game Helps You Study Genetically Based Diseases

Video Game Helps You Study Genetically Based Diseases

According to recent information, it has been revealed that a group of researchers from McGill University has discovered a method for making the process of playing video games more dynamic apart from making it a fun-filled experience.

The method relates to a recently developed video game, which is somewhat similar to the widely popular and legendary puzzle game Tetris, developed by computer scientist Jerome Waldispuhl.

But, the true essence of the simple-looking and straightforward game goes way beyond the purpose of fun and entertainment, as it has been revealed that the game is designed with a deep intent of improving the understanding of its users regarding various diseases based on genetics.

Waldispuhl reveals that his newly-developed game, dubbed Phylo, includes aligning numerous series of coloured blocks which symbolize human DNA. The data which results thereafter is of vital assistance in helping the study of ailments such as diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer.

In excess of 17,000 individuals have already signed up online for playing the game since the time it was initially launched in November last year.

By examining the sequence of DNA, scientists can potentially obtain a novel approach regarding the genetic relation of various terminal and widespread ailments such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's.

While expressing his opinion in this regard during a recent interview, Waldispuhl claimed: "Originally, I think a lot of people came because they are interested in participating in something that contributes to science".

However, he added that the objective precisely is to make the game promisingly bigger in comparison to casual players. On the other hand, he added that people must understand that it basically takes nothing to contribute to science in a modest and smallest way, and it gives a lot of stuffs in return, like fun, learning and much more.


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