Citizen science begins with you
Wherever you are in EVE Online, you're one click away from Project Discovery, a unique mini-game that's quick, easy, and rewarding to play.
Project Discovery is run by the Sisters of EVE (SoE). Their project lead, Professor Lundberg, will recruit you and provide a basic tutorial on identifying patterns of protein distribution in human cells. Upon completion you can analyze unique images fresh from the lab. For every task you solve, the SoE will reward you and increase your Project Discovery rank.
Project Discovery is a unique new challenge that allows the EVE community to work together in-game to provide benefits to real world science and medicine.
It's as simple as playing a game where you look for patterns and differences in images. You generate results and submit them for rewards. Those images are actually high-resolution images of human cells, and your submissions are helping to improve and expand the massive Human Protein Atlas database.
CCP Games, in collaboration with Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS) and Reykjavik University, has made a vast repository of cell images available for categorization. The results submitted by each player are compared with the results of other players and help to improve and expand a real life database of information of human protein data.
The DNA within your cells provides the genetic code for 20,000 genes that are translated into proteins. Your goal will be to categorize protein patterns from images of cells into different categories of structures in the cell that belong to the nucleus, the cytoplasm, and the periphery of the cell.
When you play Project Discovery, you will help scientists understand protein function in cells by recognizing patterns in protein localization within colorful fluorescent microscopic images.