“Patients in the future will be actually be diagnosed based on a genomic profile or signature we develop. Essentially, this app is designed to try and define a genomic profile or signature.”
From an app point of view, you only need an Android device to make this work, but locally, Vodafone will be offering its customers free unmetered data for this purpose, allowing you to use between 50 and 250MB on 3G/4G or up to 1GB on WiFi for DreamLab.
“As the CEO of Vodafone, I’m proud to see our network used for something good,” said Inaki Berroeta, CEO of Vodafone in Australia.
Mobile owners not on Vodafone can still make use of the app, though the mobile data will just be charged for, so it might be useful to switch this to a WiFi only affair, which you can do easily through the settings.
Also worth noting is that the concept behind DreamLab isn’t totally new, and mobiles have been previously used for distributed computing before, with Samsung’s “PowerSleep” used to send processing power to the University of Vienna, while Berkeley’s “BOINC” could be used for several projects.
That said, it is the first time we’ve seen an Australian medical arm pop up in a distributed computing mobile app, so by grabbing this app, you’d technically be helping Australians like you.
“The Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia is at the forefront of a revolution in cancer research,” said Dr. Samantha Oakes, leader of the Garvan’s breast cancer research unit.
“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.”
DreamLab is available on the Google Play store now.