Today, Borderlands 3 is getting a new mini-game inside it, which is Borderlands Science. Borderlands Science is a mini-game inside a game that’ll directly contribute to research in biomedicine.
In the game, players will solve puzzles by connecting similar colored blocks. The recorded data will help researchers to classify different types of microbes into a genetically identical group.
In a human body, only 43% of the cells are of human origin; the rest of the cells are alien. Some of these bacteria are good for a human body, whereas a few of these foreign microbes are harmful. So, you can say that we are not purely “humans.”
Now, these microbes have a DNA structure, just like us. And similar microbes have similar DNA signature. So, identifying the microbes with similar DNA structures could help us learn a ton about our bodies.
However, classifying the data isn’t possible for a computer. A human mind, on the other hand, is more than capable of making quick and rough estimations. But it isn’t easy to get people to sit and organize the collected data when it isn’t fun. That is where mini-games like Borderlands Science comes in.
Play Borderlands Science To Contribute To Science
Gearbox and Massively Multiplayer Online Science project have joined hands to come up with Borderlands Science. Players can find the game in Doctor Tannis’ infirmary, near Sanctuary III.
In the game, players will have to match the colored blocks, which represent microbe DNA collected by researchers from thousands of human poop samples. Microsetta Initiative will collect the recorded data and use it further for microbiomes research.
So, you can say that while having fun organizing the “dung data” in Borderlands Science, players will be solving real-world health problems. Diseases such as obesity, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes can be controlled with the help of this research.
As a reward of playing Borderlands Science in Borderlands 3, players will get the in-game currency, which can be used to buy booster items for their characters.