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Video Game Potential for Social Good

Four years ago, the game developers behind the hit game Borderlands 3 and McGill University partnered to create Borderlands Science, a minigame that gamers would complete to help researchers categorize DNA sequences from microbes found in the human gut. While the project was initially met with skepticism, it has since proven to be extremely successful. Over 4.5 million people have contributed to scientific research through the video game. Borderlands Science establishes an important precedent for the role video games can have in scientific research and social good.

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