In Brief

Now interested people can help fight major diseases from the comfort of their own home, on their own time.

When Zooniverse, a citizen science site that hosts collaborative research projects, first looked to the skies in 2007 it was attempting to streamline the way we categorize galaxies by asking ordinary people to lend a hand. Just 14 months after launch they had 60 million classifications by hundreds of thousands of participants. The academic world has never been the same. Now Zooniverse is turning the power of crowdsourced research inwards to help understand how cancer cells respond to various treatments through a collaboration with Cancer Research UK.

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