EVE Online’s Project Discovery initiative tasks players with helping research COVID-19


The novel coronavirus is still out there and it’s still a problem, and EVE Online players are being tapped to help out thanks to the third phase of the Project Discovery civilian scientist initiative — the very same one that saw players help map the Human Protein Atlas in 2016 and search for exoplanets in 2017.

Project Discovery is working with McGill University, Dr Andrea Cossarizza, a Professor of Immunology at the University of Modena, and the Reggio Emilia School of Medicine in Italy in order to analyze data. Players can log in and help out with this data via a minigame involving a tracing tool to mark groups of cell populations present in blood, thereby helping scientists understand how different cell populations and types are altered through infection. Those who take part will not only help scientists battle COVID-19 but also get some rewards for doing so.

In other EVE Online news, the game has kicked out a new update that adds some new EDENCOM ships along with new types of weapons and ammo as well as the start of the Gathering Storm login reward event and Lighting Strikes event. The 15th Council of Stellar Management has also been selected; a visual representation of the voting is embedded below.

sources: press release, official site (1, 2), YouTube
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