A new arcade game has made its way into Borderlands 3, except this one has real-world benefits. Borderlands Science will help the scientific community as you play and giving you a rewards for doing so.
You can find the game in the corner of Doctor Tannis’ infirmary on Sanctuary III. It was developed in conjunction with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science and The Microsetta Initiative.
Borderlands Science presents simple block puzzles based on strands of DNA, and solving them helps map and compare microbes contained therein. Essenstially, you’ll be assisting in mapping the human gut microbiome.
Computers aren’t perfect at organizing the data and make lots of small mistakes that corrupt analysis, but by playing the game you solve this complex task in an easy to understand way. Colored tiles representing different nucleotides; you nudge them up within their columns attempting to organize them into correct rows. It’s not always possible to line up all of the tiles correctly. However, attempting to solve these puzzles still helps, as you’re identifying real-world errors.
Each Borderlands Science puzzle has a target score you need to reach in order to progress and get credit for solving it. Hitting a puzzle’s target score doesn’t mean you have to move to the next one. Often, there will be extra moves you can make. Going above and beyond the bare minimum is key if you want to beat the high scores already posted by Tannis. You’ll also be contributing more data.
By mapping these microbes, the hope is that scientist will be able to better understand the ecosystems within the human gut. Diabetes, depression, autism, anxiety, obesity and more aliments have been linked to the human gut. A better understanding may help guide future research into novel treatments and interventions. For more information you can visit The Microsetta Initiative. If you want to learn more about the methods, check out dnapuzzles.org.
Players who complete these puzzles will also receive in-game currency, which can redeemed for a number of items including Vault Hunter Heads and Skins, as well as timed boosters that buff your stats, loot quality and even experience gains.