How Dream Lab- The Vodafone app cures cancer while you sleep
Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd has launched a wonderful app that cures cancer while you are asleep. As cancer is the disease that affects so many people each year here with this app called the Dream Lab that collects and compares genetic profiles of tumours.
In this free app it uses the processing power of your idle phone to solve a piece of the cancer research puzzle. If just 1,000 people used the app, cancer puzzles would be solved 30 times faster. As otherwise researchers are hindered by limited access to supercomputers.
Operating only when a phone is fully charged and charging, it analyses data for breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers. The app then sends the information back to the Garvan Institute, one of Australia’s foremost genome mapping organisations.
According to Professor David Thomas, Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Head of the Garvan Centre’s Research Division, the impact of the app on their research has been highly significant.
There are finite supercomputing resources available at Garvan, and the processing power from DreamLab has already alleviated a bottleneck of research and sped up the process of genetic information analyses. According to professor if app reaches 100,000 users, this project could be completed three years faster than originally anticipated, which in turn will deliver tangible benefits to patients sooner. With one in two Australians affected by cancer by the age of 85, such research breakthroughs are urgently needed.
This remarkable collaboration combined Vodafone’s network power and technical know-how with the Garvan Institute’s research and algorithms to not only fast track cancer research, but open the minds of Australians as to how they can show support for medical research by doing what they do every day by just charging their phones.
For Vodafone Australia customers, the data to use DreamLab is free on Vodafone network but if you’re also contributing over WiFi, you’ll be charged as per your WiFi plan. When on roaming that will incur international rates so that you should take note of.
If you’re not with Vodafone Australia, you’ll use data from your mobile or WiFi plan, but don’t worry it’s small and you can choose your monthly limit.
Download the DreamLab app from Google Play free. Then simply charge your phone and wake up knowing you’ve helped find new ways to treat cancer.