The game is very simple: You are shown one gene name, and five diseases. Pick the disease that is linked to the gene to get points, and get as many points as you can in one minute. This is a very specialized knowledge game for those in the know about diseases and gene names.
So why was the game created? In the words of the creator:
It follows in a line of recent ideas in our lab about how to productively harness community intelligence. The logic goes something like this… Generally, the gene-disease links in structured databases will be reasonably correct (though likely not at all complete). When we analyze the game logs in aggregate, we expect that players’ answers will generally reinforce what’s already known. But given enough game player data, also expect that we’ll see multiple instances of gene-disease links that aren’t reflected in current annotation databases. And these are candidate novel annotations.
Trust that clarifies things! If you know a thing or three about diseases, give the game a whirl.