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Tickets to Startup and Hardware Alley at Disrupt London 2016 are now available

Date: 19 Aug 2016
disrupt startup alley london 2014 Listen up, startups in the U.K. and around the world. Disrupt London 2016 is right around the corner, and we’re happy to announce that tickets to display your company in Startup and Hardware alley are now available. You can get your hands on Startup and Hardware Alley tickets here. Read More

23andMe helps identify genetic links to common skin cancer

Date: 19 Aug 2016

The team at 23andMe is clearly going out of its way to show that huge amounts of volunteered genetic data can boost medical research. Scientists at both 23andMe and Stanford used data from consenting customers to conduct the largest ever genetic study of basal cell carcinoma, the most typical form of skin cancer, and made numerous discoveries. They found 14 previously unidentified genetic associations with the cancer, some of which might pinpoint when you're at increased risk. Some gene regions linked to basal cell carcinoma have a larger effect on the young, hinting that environmental factors might play a greater role in getting the cancer as you age. Also, a gene marker's interactions suggest that your risk goes up when you have black or brown hair, and gene areas that maintain telomeres (chromosome ends) played their own part.

As with earlier studies, this isn't likely to be a "gotcha" moment that will put researchers on a guaranteed path to treatment. However, there's a good chance that a smaller, more conventional batch of data might have limited the number of discoveries. If these kinds of customer-based studies become relatively commonplace, they could speed up the cancer investigation process and arrive at a solution sooner than they would have using earlier techniques.

Source: 23andMe, Stanford

Kick Cancer's ass and raise money for sick kids in 'I, Hope'

Date: 19 Aug 2016
Nazis, like zombies, are pretty much the perfect video game enemy because there are zero redeemable qualities about them. But those might have some competition now that there's a game where you fight cancer. Not literally, but an enemy named "Cancer" an in the Xbox One's forthcoming I, Hope from indie studio Arconyx. Lead developer Kenny Roy's mission with the ID@Xbox project is to help kids who are actually battling cancer in hospitals around the world to have a cathartic, figurative way to do it as well. More than offering therapy to kids, when it goes on sale next year, 100 percent of the profits generated from the game will go toward helping kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

"As much as I love shoot 'em ups, big explosions and arcade experiences, I believe that games can be so much more," Roy says in a post on Microsoft News Center. "There are real positive experiences to gain from gaming, and I wanted the public to experience that. With I, Hope, I want to move minds." In the game, Cancer is an evil creature on the warpath of protagonist Hope's home island. To defeat it, she has to travel through a quintet of floating islands gathering the tools she needs to defeat the foul beast.

Even by watching the work-in-progress trailer below, it's pretty clear that /I, Hope/ is far different from another game the recently dealt with pediatric terminal illness, That Dragon Cancer. The latter is an autobiographical game about a family's struggle with their child's illness, whereas, as the name overtly suggests, I, Hope has a different perspective.

"I wanted to create a great game that was fun for everyone," Roy says, "while still delivering a powerful, meaningful message to kids struggling in hospitals around the world."

Source: Microsoft News Center

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