Borderlands Science is the name of a virtual arcade game in it Border 3 which helps scientists discover what is happening in the human intestine.
After partnering with EVE Online in 2017, the Swiss research group Massively Multiplayer Online Science has partnered with video games Border 3 and, by extension, the players, to enhance microbial research and help cure diseases.
The human body is home to trillions of microbes, some of which are associated with conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.
But the abundance of these microbes makes it difficult for computers to sort them without help.
That’s where Borderlands Science entered.
This is a virtual arcade game in PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC action titles Border 3, quickly introduced by Mayim Bialik, Big Bang theory actress and PhD real-world neuroscientist.
Matching tile puzzles, somewhat similar to Candy Crush Saga, Homescapes, Bejeweled or classic Sega Column, the Borderlands Science virtual cabinet has players who push the stack of icons up to make a horizontal line.
The idea is that by connecting colored shapes, they make it easier for scientists to estimate the similarity between each microbe and, gradually, decode the microbiome in the human intestine.
Meanwhile, in the world Border 3, players are given an incentive to go ahead with disguised DNA analysis with in-game currency promises that they can use for booster items for their characters.
This scheme is the result of collaboration between MMOS, Border 3 Gearbox studio, staff at McGill University and Microsetta Initiative at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
In addition to long-term benefits for scientific research and human health, this is also a boost for the Gearbox.
The previous week it was the subject of Kotaku’s report about the absence of a sizable royalty bonus for staff, despite the most famous successes of his latest game.
Borderlands Science joins a growing number of games designed as citizen science tools; Previous examples have included mobile applications such as BioBlox (protein docking), Reverse Opportunities (cancer cells), Sea Heroes Quest (dementia), NeMO-Net (classification of coral reefs) and Folding (folding protein).
Massively Multiplayer Online Science differs in its approach, namely that the group was created “to connect scientific research and video games as a limitless playing experience,” then collaboration with Border 3 and EVE Online. – AFP Relaxnews
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