'Borderlands 3' rewards you for aiding human gut research

Jon Fingas
Associate Editor
'Borderlands Science'

You might just nudge scientific progress forward the next time you play Borderlands 3. Gearbox has introduced a Borderlands Science mini-game that will help scientists map the human gut’s microbiome in return for rewards. It may look like a simple block puzzle, but you’re really helping to map and compare sequenced DNA. You’re effectively helping to correct computer analyses.

Each puzzle has a target score. Completing them will earn in-game currency you can redeem for everything from cosmetics through to limited-time boosters for your stats and experience. And don’t worry if you can’t line up all the tiles — the data isn’t meant to be perfect.

You can find the Borderlands Science arcade cabinet aboard Sanctuary III. While you probably won’t buy Borderlands 3 just for the sake of this project, this might give you a good reason to keep playing. The gut microbiome has been linked to conditions ranging from diabetes to depression — spending some time with the mini-game might just lead to an important treatment.