...on my Wii or my 3 or my 3-6...
So here is something a little different. I know that generally I tend to write about big mainstream video games like you’ll find on the PC or consoles, but this morning this web-based scientific video game caught my attention.
Phylo is designed to allow casual game players to contribute to scientific research by arranging multiple sequences of coloured blocks that represent human DNA. By looking at the similarities and differences between these DNA sequences, scientists are able to gain new insight into a variety of genetically-based diseases.
The researchers are releasing the results computed from the solutions collected over the last year today, together with an improved version of Phylo for tablets.
I have always been the sort of person who’d run SETI@Home or Folding@Home on my home computers - If my spare cpu cycles can help explore space or maybe help cure disease, i’m more than willing to donate them.
Now, making a video game out of this sort of research? Simply brilliant in my opinion.
Here’s the Phylo home page - go at least check out the tutorial video. Any fan of puzzle games should really get a kick out of it!