This terminal is your entry point to helping biomedical research
Players can help biomedical research by playing a new
color-matching mini-game introduced in Borderlands 3 this week.
“Borderlands Science” basically tricks human players into solving
complex genetic alignment problems that can be intuitive for humans
but difficult for computer algorithms.
The mini-game is a joint effort between Borderlands maker
Gearbox and scientists at McGill University, UC San Diego’s
and the Massively Multiplayer Online
Science group. “The first time I met with [Gearbox founder]
Randy Pitchford and [Producer] Aaron Thibault to discuss this crazy
idea was 5 years ago at GDC,” MMOS founder Attila Szantner
said in a blog post. “Since then we have been working together
with the Gearbox team to realize this project.”
How does it work?
The process starts with DNA sequences from some of the trillions
of microbes in the human gut. Researchers want to arrange those
sequences to figure out which of these microbes are genetically
similar to each other. That can help indicate which genetic lines
of microbes are associated with certain diseases.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
You can help medical science just by playing a new Borderlands mini-game