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Your smartphone is a superhero, and it can literally do anything – including cure cancer.

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Vodafone Foundation created the DreamLab app to help find a cure for cancer while you sleep. When you download the app, you choose which cancer you’d like to support (breast, prostate, ovarian, or pancreatic) and how much of your data (mobile or Wi-Fi network) you’d like to donate. All of the accumulated data will help “researchers crunch the numbers.”

From Mashable:

“With 100,000 DreamLab apps working on smartphones, the team would be able to process data about 3,000 times faster than they are currently able, and with 5 million users, that rate would increase to 150,000 times.

“As a nation who loves their smartphones, we now have a tremendous opportunity to put them to good use and help find a cure for cancer. Together, we can come to a greater understanding of how to treat it more swiftly,” Dr. Samantha Oakes, head of the breast cancer unit at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, said in the statement. “With the help of game-changing innovations like DreamLab, I am hopeful that we will see cures of certain types of cancer in our lifetime.”

The app is available on GooglePlay for Android. Get it here.

SOURCE: Mashable | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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