NanoDoc, a new online game that “allows bioengineers and the general public to design new nanoparticle strategies towards the treatment of cancer,” is another incredible example of the power of crowdsourcing. The simulator allows people to design strategies and solve provided challenges. These crowdsourced strategies will become the first steps toward the design of new treatments. Allowing for the strategies to be crowdsourced (and simulated) saves tremendous time and resources in the laboratory.
This is similar to crowdsourcing effort released in 2008 called Foldit, a online puzzle game where players fold protein structures. With Foldit, the highest scoring solutions are passed on to researchers for analysis. This method of crowdsourcing for research and general experimentation allows interested parties to volunteer their time in contribution to a cause – in the case of NanoDoc, nanoparticles and cancer research.
By tapping into the energy and intellect of personally interested parties, crowdsourcing puts the arduous work of broad experimentation in the hands of countless able-bodied contributors. Many hands make light work.
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