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After a long day at work, lots of people want to play a game on their phone or iPad. Aimlessly move the candies in CandyCrush, relax and clear your head. That’s great, at least for some. But what if your candy combinations in the game do have a goal, for example, to help a scientist develop a vaccine against lymphoma? “Cancer is an abnormality of cells in DNA. One DNA string is made up of 2.3 billion parts. So it’s very difficult to find the possible ‘mistake’. By letting a lot of people make combinations in a playful way, scientists can collect a lot of information about the possible abnormalities,” explains Jurriaan van Rijswijk. Jurriaan is a game architect and founder of Games for Health.

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