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Could power from your cell phone help cure cancer?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Japanese scientists are looking for your help to cure cancer and they aren't asking for your money - just a little juice from your phone.

The Smash Childhood Cancer (SCC) project utilizes the World Community Grid (WGC), which enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate unused computing power to run drug simulations that would take thousands of years on a single computer.

So far, more than 650,000 people have joined the WCG and helped support 28 research projects, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases.

The WCG started in 2004 as a partnership with IBM. Five years later, Akira Nakagawara, leader of the SCC project, used the WCG to discover potential treatments for neuroblastoma, one of the more common cancers that affect infants and young children.

“Computing processing that would require 55,000 years to be done by a single ordinary computer was finished in just two years,” claimed Nakagawara of previous work, reports Asahi Shimbun.

Nakagawara and his team are now using the WCG to focus on battling other types of common childhood cancer, including brain tumors, Wilms' tumor, germ cell tumors, Hepatoblastoma and Osteosarcoma.

According to numbers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an estimated 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year; 215,000 under the age of 15 and about 85,000 between the ages of 15 and 19.

Many cancers that affect children can be treated, but cancer remains an important cause of child mortality with an estimated 80,000 cancer-related deaths worldwide every year.

If you want to take part in the project, all you have to do is register on this site and download an app. From there, you can choose a device - your phone or computer - and donate some of its processing power to run medical simulations during the device's downtime.

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