So recently, Gearbox teamed up with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and Microsetta Initiative to bring us a Mini-Game!
This isn’t any old mini-game, it’s a mini-game that will help map out the Human Gut Microbiome for scientists! I know, learning 10th Grade Science again is probably not so fun…
To break it down short without this article turning into a Science lesson:
“the human gut is linked to numerous diseases and conditions, including diabetes, depression, autism, anxiety, obesity and more. By mapping these microbes, the hope is that scientists will be able to better understand these ecosystems, which may help guide future research into novel treatments and interventions.”Gearbox
In other words, you are helping fight common day diseases and conditions by fixing computer errors! Now, how do you play this game?
” Colored tiles representing different nucleotides appear on a grid; by nudging them up within their columns, you attempt to organize them into the correct rows. It’s not always possible to line up all of the tiles correctly, but attempting these puzzles is still helpful as you’re identifying errors in real-world computer analyses.”Gearbox
You will earn in-game rewards for your assistance, so get out there and have some fun with that mini-game! This machine is located in Doctor Tannis’s Infirmary!